Saturday, September 19, 2009

A full plate - Sept 19 2009

As you can imagine, my plate is pretty full these days. This weekend we have the Annual Appeal for St. Luke’s School. Last year we raised over $36,000 for this cause. Granted it was our 50th Anniversary which certainly helped our cause. It is my hope that our school can continue to flourish as we seek to teach as Jesus taught. Please be generous to this worthy cause. Our enrollment is up and we are off to a good start.

I have been following the complex health care debate going on in Washington. It is my fervent hope that universal health care can be achieved for our citizens. This, after all, has been the call that has come from our U. S. bishops. Bishop William Murphy, chair of the bishops committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development wrote: “It is a fundamental issue of human life and dignity.” So far I have been encouraged that what is being proposed is “abortion neutral”. Any direct funding of abortion by the federal government would be wrong. There is so much at stake at this time. The health care debate calls us to prayer, dialogue and civility. This is literally a matter of life and death for so many.

Lastly, we are looking for people to head up our evangelization efforts here in the parish. On October 10 at Providence College there will be a conference. The day will include opportunities for prayer, major presentations, and discussion on this important topic. If interested please call me at the rectory.
Fr. Bob Hawkins

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