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Saturday: 5 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday Friday: 8:15 a.m.
Holy Days: Variable
From Bulletin, Sunday, October 22
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “If some of you hear the call to follow Christ more closely, to dedicate your entire heart to him, like the apostles John and Paul, be generous, do not be afraid, because you have nothing to fear when the prize that you await is God himself, for whom, sometimes without ever knowing it, all young people are searching. Young people who are listening to me, young people who, more than anything else, want to know what you must do to gain eternal life, always say yes to God and he will fill you with his happiness.” —St. John Paul II
RESPECT LIFE MONTH: An excerpt from an interview with Bishop Robert Barron when he was asked this question:
The conference [you are speaking at] arose in response to this division between “pro-life” Catholics and “social justice” Catholics—this lack of communication and cooperation, sometimes distrust and even disdain. What should be our attitude toward this dichotomy within the Church?
Bishop Barron: Well, we should be against it. To me, it’s one of the bitter fruits, in some ways, of the post-conciliar period—mind you, not the council; Vatican II is very clear on this. But in the post-conciliar period there was a tendency within Catholicism to fall into these two camps, and I’ve watched that all my life in the Church. Call it left-right, liberal-conservative, or, as we see it in the Catholic context often, this: Are you more on the life issues or more on the justice issues? And it’s just a false dichotomy, and it’s not in the great saints, it’s not in the teaching of the Church, it’s not in Vatican II, but it’s a divide that happened in the wake of the council. And I think it’s really regrettable.
What we have to do is go back to Christ. You return to Christ, and what you find there is this integrated view of life. And you see, of course, this profound concern for the inherent dignity of every individual person and the respect for life from conception to natural death clearly on display. At the same time, you see a clear passion for justice, from the Hebrew prophets all the way up to Jesus and then through the great tradition. So, to my mind, it’s just glaringly obvious: These two things have to be central to the Church’s preoccupation.
So that’s speaking generally. Where people debate sometimes is over prioritization. Yes, the Church will say things that are intrinsically evil have to take a certain priority. So, euthanasia and abortion are prime examples of things that are intrinsically evil, so they have to be opposed in a kind of prioritized way. But I think this should never blind us to the mutual implication, really, of these two sides. So, anyway, that’s a general remark about, I think, the regrettable division between these two.
HOLY HOUR FOR LIFE: In honor of October being Respect Life Month, at the conclusion of the 9:30am Mass today, we will have a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration to pray for a greater respect of human life in our society today, from conception to natural death. Join us for five minutes, ten minutes, fifteen minutes, or the whole hour!
ALTAR SERVERS: We need more altar servers! Any of our youth, grades 5-12, are encouraged and welcomed to serve at Annunciation Masses. We will have two options for altar server training for current and new altar servers—Tuesday, October 24 at 3:00pm or Sunday, October 29 at 4:00pm (you only need to come to one of the trainings). We will meet in the Church for the training.
CATHOLIC WATCHMEN: What does it mean to be a Catholic man? How does a man protect, provide for, and lead within his parish and family? The mission of the Catholic Watchmen movement is to respond to Bishop Cozzens’ call for Catholic men to live up to their duty to be protectors, providers, and leaders of their families. To accomplish this task, Catholic Watchmen learn and practice seven disciplines that we will unfold during monthly meetings. Each monthly Catholic Watchmen meeting runs from 7:00pm to 9:00pm with food, social time, video presentation, discussion, and prayer.
All men ages 15 and older are welcome to be a part of the Catholic Watchmen group at Annunciation. Our first meeting will be Wednesday, November 1 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Community Room downstairs in the Church.
REMINDER—CHANGE IN SATURDAY CONFESSION TIME: The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered from 9:30am to 10:30am every Saturday morning. There will no longer be confessions available on Saturdays from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.