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 Intercessions and Bulletin Briefs 2020

David Bereit  
Former CEO of 40 Days For Life  

We invite you to view his video

which is a follow-up to his visit to our beloved
"Queen City of the Great Lakes".

 

PRAY FOR LIFE -  

Thank you for your prayers for the protection of human life! Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service begins March 25, 2020 on the 25th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II’s landmark pro-life encyclical, The Gospel of Life. As part of this nationwide effort, the monthly Pray for Life prayer intentions and reflections focus on the needs of pregnant and parenting moms of young children in our parishes and our neighborhoods.

 

 

PRAYERS
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

REFLECTION

While we often think of pregnancy as culminating in the birth of child, we know that the journey is only just beginning. While motherhood brings with it many joys and blessings, it also involves challenges and difficulties. In raising their children and dedicating themselves to their families, mothers participate in a type of “daily heroism,” one for which they “do not always find support in the world around them” (EV 86). Providing and caring for children as a single mother includes additional hardships. Sadly, today, one in four children are being raised without a father. Certainly, there are many reasons this might occur in any given circumstance. However, it is also true that in a culture that largely rejects the Church’s teachings on marriage, life, and sexuality, women and their children are often disproportionately impacted. It was Pope Paul VI in Humanae vitae who warned that, “a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman… no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection” (HV 17). In the midst of this reality, the Church is called to be a beacon of light, hope, and support. May we respond to this call, individually and communally, to surround mothers with assistance and support as they lovingly care for their children.

Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)

  • Saints Anne and Joachim—whose feast is celebrated on July 26—were the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Parents often seek the intercession of these married saints as they raise their own children. Offer this prayer, asking Saints Anne and Joachim to pray for this month’s intention.

  • Fast from television, social media, music, or electronics altogether for one day. Ask the Lord to use the quiet and stillness to bring you more closely to Him.

  • Offer some other sacrifice or prayer that you feel called to do for this month’s intention.

ONE STEP FURTHER

Learn more about Saints Anne and Joachim, models for parents and for marriage. 

 
 

Maggie was diagnosed with brain cancer and strongly opposed assisted suicide until her peaceful passing in September 2015. Watch her powerful story of hope and courage. View video https://youtu.be/XJwWKDGBS5o 

 
 

Acts of Reparation: 

  • Pray for the protection of religious freedom in our country and around the world. (Prayer card available to order.) 
  • Read this short flyer on Saints Thomas More and John Fisher. How do their witnesses apply to our lives today? 
  • Reflect upon what Pope Francis has said regarding religious freedom and "polite persecution."

One Step Further 

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We travel throughout the diocese to promote the cause of pro-life. Come see where we've been.