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BELONG 18.39   |    Oct. 16, 2018     |  "Your Cathedral < > Your Catholic Faith"

PARISH FOCUS: “Respect Life Month”

FYI: Last March a donation of $1,000.00 was made to Birthright of Boise from the Sunday Children's Collection.  In September a thank you letter was received from Birthright; in part it read: 

"Thank you for contributing to the 2018 annual Birthright of Boise Gala and dinner/auction. . . .  Since we rely completely on donations, we could not exist without your help . . . .  Monies raised this year will be used for operating costs and to continue advertising campaigns designed to reach girls and women facing unplanned pregnancies." 
(signed) Mary Hill, Executive Director of Birthright. 

Thanks to the children of St. John's who participate in the Sunday Children's Collection!

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TEXT: “Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent”
Respect Life Month, October 2018

My dear friends in Christ:

The month of October is annually observed by the Catholic Church in the United States as Respect Life Month. We are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between.

Yet this year, as we approach Respect Life Sunday on October 7, our hearts are heavy with revelations of how those who should be most trustworthy have not only failed in this regard but have inflicted immense evil. As USCCB President Cardinal Daniel DiNardo expressed, “the Body of Christ is lacerated.”

At such a time as this, we become even more aware of the need for messengers of God’s love and instruments of His healing. We realize again, with renewed urgency, our personal call to help others encounter God’s transforming, life-giving love and to defend the sanctity of every person’s life, at every stage and in every circumstance.

This year’s Respect Life theme is “Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent,” highlighting our call to build a culture of life as missionary disciples. Drawing upon the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego, this theme is briefly unpacked in a short reflection. I humbly invite you to read and reflect on it this Respect Life Month (www.usccb.org/respect-life-reflection). (There are also many other resources at www.usccb.org/respectlife that are available for use this month and throughout the year.)

In his first letter to the Corinthians, Saint Paul tells us, “As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. …If [one] part suffers, all the parts suffer with it” (1 Cor 12:12,26).

We are called and sent to be messengers of God’s love, treating one another as cherished and chosen by Him. In doing so, we help build a culture that respects all human life. The Body of Christ needs you. The world needs you.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Chairman, USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities
October 2018 

 

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VIDEO: Bishop Cunningham’s 2018 Respect Life Month Message

Click on > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-6MiXHZRZc

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PARISH FOCUS:  Faith Formation “Suggestion Box”

As we enter the last portion of this calendar year, we're developing ideas for the new year in terms of faith formation for our parish based on the six dimensions of Adult Faith Formation as defined by the U.S. Bishop's Conference that include: 1) Knowledge of the Faith, 2) Liturgical Life, 3) Moral Formation, 4) Prayer, 5) Communal Life and 6) Missionary Spirit (to see how the Bishop’s plan is defined CLICK HERE).  What would you like to see offered in our parish? Do you have an idea of an event or program that parishioners would find appealing? We'd like to know what you're thinking, and if you have an idea that relates to one or more of these dimensions. Please send it along in an email to johny@boisecathedral.org (or leave a written note / call the Parish Office to leave a message).

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CONSIDER> This week's Formed.org selection:


For free access, go to their website www.Formed.org and enter the code 82F2DN 

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PRAYER: Respect Life Month


May we show by our words and actions
that every human life
is cherished and chosen;
We pray to the Lord.

May we build a culture of life
by embracing our mission
as messengers of God's love;
We pray to the Lord.

Amen.

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Altera septimana (Latin for “until next week”)!

 

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