I am sure many of you have heard of the medical director of Planned Parenthood Federation of America talking about harvesting the organs of babies while they are being aborted. The Congress has called for an investigation and Texas and Louisiana have asked the FBI to help them investigate Planned Parenthood in their states. Just to be sure that we all understand what she said, here is her quote from a web page of Planned Parenthood, which has now been removed:
“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that I’m not going to crush that part (of the baby). I’m going to basically crush below, I’m going to crush above, and I’m going to see if I can get it all (the organs) intact.”
Crush?? From a medical director?
Let us pray for our country,
July 1st was the anniversary of my arrival to OLPH. It’s hard to believe that a year has passed so quickly. As I look back over the year I feel blessed to have shared so many things with you. I have been with you for Christmas and Easter, Advent and Lent. I celebrated weddings, anniversaries, first communions, confessions, anointings and funerals with you. Thank you for allowing me to be there with you in your walk with the Lord. When I look back over the year I can also see mistakes that I have made. I ask your forgiveness for anything I may have said or done which hurt you. As I look forward to another year here with you, I ask for your prayers that I may become a good priest. Know that all of you are always in my prayers as well.
In the hearts of Jesus and Mary,
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, will be visiting the United States this Fall to celebrate the World Meeting of Families. Here is a prayer for that meeting that you might want to pray anticipating his visit.
God and Father of us all, in Jesus, your Son and our Savior, you have made us your sons and daughters in the family of the church. May your grace and love help our families in every part of the world be united to one another in fidelity to the Gospel.
May the example of the Holy Family, with the aid of your Holy Spirit, guide all families, especially those most troubled, to be homes of communion and prayer and to always seek your truth and live in your love.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Pray for us!
Last week I talked a little about our budget for this year, from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016. While I give you the yearend report in the Fall, it might be good to look at the budget a little as we begin.
While I have tried to keep our parish staff relatively small, especially considering all of the activities we have going , our payroll for the next year is almost $1,400,000, including the school. I know that is a lot of money. It takes a lot to maintain this parish and its activities. We could not do it without the help of so many wonderful volunteers.
Also, our utilities and phone run over $147,000. That is why I am always running around turning of lights when a room is not used!
The good news is that because of your generosity we project that we can pay all our bills and continue to offer improved services. Thank you, and please continue to be generous in your tithe.