Protecting all life. Monday marks the 45th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade that affirmed the legality of a woman’s right to have an abortion in the United States. This case was also the birth of our modern pro-life movement as followers of Jesus, and many other allies, have responded consistently to that moment as a clarion call to stand up and speak out to protect the dignity of all human life from natural conception to natural death, and in particular to speak out for the right of the unborn in the womb.
In some ways, it can feel like a frustrating protest. After all, 45 years later, abortion is still legal in our land. However, there have been some positive results to this activism over the years. In 2003, activists were able to convince legislators to ban partial-birth abortion. And, this continuing focus has brought us now to the lowest level of abortions since the Roe decision. In 2013, the number of abortions fell below 1 million for the first time since 1973, and that number has continued to go down in the succeeding years. In fact, the number of abortions has been cut almost in half since hits high point. This is good, but we continue to march because there is still a long way to go.
And we remember that our prolife cause is not something narrowly focused on abortion alone. The reality is that all of the issues of the dignity of the human person – abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, domestic violence, sexual abuse, the care of the poor, of immigrants and refugees, and more – these issues are all intertwined and related. We cannot have a love and concern for the unborn while harboring a dissent for the immigrant. We cannot fight against the death penalty while turning a blind eye to the poor all around us.
A few years ago, I had the privilege of being at the Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC on the eve of the March for Life. Cardinal O’Malley was the homilist. He spoke powerfully and prophetically about this connection. He said, “We are all here because we want to save the thousands of innocent children who are being executed by the very people whose mission should be to heal and protect life. The truth is that we can save those babies only by saving the mothers. When they experience God’s loving mercy then they will become capable of showing mercy to their children. The Pro Life Movement has to be about saving mothers. We need to focus on the women to try to understand what they are suffering.” In other words, our protection of life must be defined by the protection of the whole person, and of all people.
We pray today, and every day, for a nation that has a growing and greater respect for the dignity of all human life. We pray for the day when we can recall how we changed the tide, and no longer have to lament the innocent life lost. Let us pray for life!
Altar ServersIf you have made your First Holy Communion and would like to serve God and your parish in this manner, please call Mrs. Tina Burgess @ 508-362-0586. Any child or adult that would be interested in serving in this manner, please call. Thank you.
WelcomeWE WELCOME INTO OUR PARISH FAMILY ...
Alexandria Spencer Moore
Genasis Christine Gumbs
Ava Mc Millan
Harrison Ace Matias
Connor Joseph Estrella
Isabella Rose Louise Coelho
Ava Virginia Howarth
Ainsley Mae Chousa
Daniel Robert Mc Cutcheon
Dylan William-Capen Zander
Ethan Everett Zander
Tyrone Cardoza, Jr.
Abigail Jane Boswinkel
Jack Geoffrey Scotti
Gregory James Hatchell
Marielle Kyle Lima Huffman
Josephine Grace Floyd
Elena Noelle Bunavicz
Alessandra Hope Sielski
Ainslee Faith Manduca
Nicholas Rey Burgos
Leonardo Antonio Carreira
Morgan Fay Dana McCoy
and WE EXTEND CONGRATULATIONS TO THEIR FAMILIES!
EucharisticExtraordinary Eucharistic Ministers help the priest distribute the Precious Body and Blood of Christ during the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
Our Eucharistic Minister Training Program takes place on the first Tuesday of the month from 6 – 7PM at St. Margaret Church. If you are planning on attending please call the Rectory Office and leave your name and phone number. Thank you.
MusicPlease leave a message in the Rectory Office
for Wendy Herren, Director of Music or e-mail [email protected] .
If you would like to have a Memorial devoted to a loved one for the week, please call the Rectory and we will be glad to assist you in this special remembrance. The Memorials are: the Tabernacle Lamps, Offertory Wine, Altar Bread, Holy Oils and Altar Flowers.
Cost is $25 per item per week, except for the Tabernacle Lamp ($15 per week).
BirthdaysHAPPY JANUARY BIRTHDAY !
Mimi Andrade, Alex Peterson, Christian Ford Harrington, Samantha & Andrea Lockhart, Philip Malouin, Clarise & Nantz Spagnuolo, Sandra & Sarah Washington, Sara Teehan, Caleigh McIntyre, Jamie Vaivarins, Viktor Wright
LET'S CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY!
To include you in our birthday list, please call the Rectory during the week (9 am - 3pm) and leave your name.
PrayersPARISH COMMUNITY JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2018 – PRAYER LIST
FOR THE SICK OR THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYERS - ALSO PRAYERS FOR OUR MILITARY
THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYERS - Madelyn Alexander, Dorothy Blacador, Michael Cassady, Brenda Covini, Vicki Lee Doom, Joseph Ellison, Henry Gardyna, Mary Keogh, Robert Miguel, Kate Lonergan, Grace Moore, Tina Morris, Claire Sullivan (broken hip)
FOR OUR MILITARY – Rhiannon Barreda, Pvt Liam W. Brady, SSGT Dillon Caldwell, Kevin Meiers (US Navy), LTJG Michael Feeney, TSGT Kevin Feeney, SSGT Zachary Moitoso, Max Rogers, Jack Rogers (US National Guard)
WE WILL BE STARTING A NEW PRAYER LIST ON MARCH 1st. PLEASE CALL THE RECTORY OFFICE AND GIVE THE INFORMATION TO KATHY TO INCLUDE YOUR LOVED ONES NAME!!!!!!!
Faith FormationFAITH FORMATION UPDATE!!!!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Vincent Armstrong, DRE at 617-823-8976.
KofC Council 2911KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, COUNCIL #2911: Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday of Month 7:30 - 9:00pm 5 Armory Rd., Buzzards Bay – 508-759-3100 Hall available for functions.
Second CollectionSECOND COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND!
The Weekend of January 20th & January 21st will be taken up for “CATHOLIC COMMUNICATIONS”. The Weekend of January 27th & January 28th will be taken up for "CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS”. Please give what you can.
SVdP Thrift ShopTHE SVdP THRIFT SHOP IS OPEN !
Our new address is 134 Main Street, across the street from St. Margaret Church. Our Shop Phone number is 508-759-7171. Our Help Request Phone number is 508-759-7191 (NEW). We can always use additional help at the shop. To find out about the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, please call or click our link.
Rest in PeaceRickie Tellier
Jeana V. Pittman
Women's GuildGuild members will attend the 8am Mass during the 1st week of the month, followed by the (monthly) meeting. See our Special Event Listing to confirm meeting details.
Secular FranciscansDevotions - 2nd Sunday of Month, 2 pm: Secular Franciscan Order: St. Margaret School Library. Prayer & Meeting. Please contact the Rectory Office if you wish to attend Prayer & Meeting.
For more Secular Franciscan Information, please contact: The Third Order Secular Franciscans
St. Francis of the Cape Fraternity
St. Margaret Church - Buzzards Bay, MA
Prayer for PriestsWEEKLY PRAYER REQUEST FOR PRIESTS
FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 14TH
Rev. Bradley Metzi, CSC, Rev. John Moore, Rev. James Morse, Rev. Edward Murphy, Rev. Daniel Hoye, Rev. John Murray, Rev. Michael Nagle
FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 21ST
Rev. Sudhir Nayak, SSCC, Rev. Bruce Neylon, Rev. Hebert Nichols, Rev. Manuel Ferreira, All Paulist Priests, Rev. Msgr. Gerald O’Connor, Rev. Cyril Offiong, SDV