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February 4th, 2017 | Posted by Kristen Graham in Bulletin Message - (Comments Off on Home)

February 5th 2017 Bulletin Message, Fr. Floyd McKinney

Thoughts for the week…Thank you one and all for the thoughts and prayers. One of the retired priests says ‘after your second parent dies, you can not go home’. Maybe that depends on your definition of home and where you hang your hat. I do know what he means; our parents are where home is for a lot of us. I still have family where I grew up, so in a sense I will still consider that a place to connect to the past even though it is not in the true sense of the word home. For most of us, home is where our parents live. I guess I even considered the retirement home where mom lived a little bit of home. When I visit my brothers and sisters, that will be my going home even though some of them live in other states.

Sometimes when someone dies we say that they have been called home. For all of us, that is our dream, our final goal, to go home. When a little child is in trouble or worried and says “I want my mommy”, they are expressing that they want to be in the comfort of the one who gave them life, they want to go home. When we are struggling or have worries we pray to the God who created us so that we might receive the comfort we need in the moment; we are not ‘going home’, but can feel and know that God is with us in our prayers.

One of our homes is right here in church where our savior is present in the Eucharist. Maybe that is why we call St. Michael our parish family; we belong here, we are part of this community that we also call family. It is here that we come to find joy in our achievements, consolation in our sorrows, or to simply know that we are a part of something greater than ourselves. I pray that our family continues to be salt and light for one another and for the community of which we are a part.

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Ash Wednesday Mass Times

February 9th, 2016 | Posted by Kristen Graham in Announcements | Bulletin Message - (Comments Off on Ash Wednesday Mass Times)

Ash Wednesday Mass schedule is as follows: 7:00am at Girard, 12 noon at Arma, 6:30pm at Girard. Our apologies for not getting this in the bulletin.

Girard PSR on ASH Wednesday:
We will have evening PSR on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, following 6:30pm mass. If you cannot attend mass with your students, please do not drop them off at 7:00, but rather wait with them until mass is dismissed and catechists are in the hall.

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Human Life Belongs to God

January 17th, 2016 | Posted by Kristen Graham in Bulletin Message | Spiritual - (Comments Off on Human Life Belongs to God)

Friday, Jan. 22, will mark the 43 rd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s horrific decision to legalize abortion in theU.S. at any time during pregnancy. Since 1963, some 60million innocent lives have been snuffed out by that Court’s action. The case was Roe v. Wade and the struggle continues to reverse the infamous decision. Bishop Emeritus Eugene Gerber once said: “Abortion is serious because human life belongs to God; whoever attacks it, in some way, attacks God, Himself.” In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the sins are named which cry to God for justice, and first among them, is willful murder.

Abortion would be an example of such. However, the Church offers ways to help heal the inner wounds, to unburden the conscience, to ask God’s forgiveness and to forgive one’s self. You don’t have to be a woman who had an abortion to experience the pain it causes. Maybe you are a husband or a boyfriend, a mother or a father, a family member or friend. There are pathways to peace for those who seek it. Abortion goes on, despite alternatives and assistance for the pregnant woman. The unborn child must be defended by the Church from the moment of conception as a person like any other human being, for the entire human family is diminished by the death of an innocent child whose life is taken by abortion. We have a presidential election this year and Catholics should be advised to check where the candidates stand on Life.

We close with Mother Teresa’s words on abortion: “By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems, and by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.” – Marcel Normand

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