Those interested in becoming Catholic
I am pleased to inform you that we have resumed our Rite of Christian of Adults program as there are some in our community who would like to become members of the Catholic Church. Parishioners Stephen Fahrig, S.T.D., and Don Gayou, Ph.D., are joining with me in providing catechetical formation to them. The presentations are held every other Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. beginning on November 3. If you know anyone interested in becoming Catholic, please have them contact me.
Upcoming presidential election
As followers of Christ, we have the responsibility to imbue the temporal order with the spirit of the Gospel and this includes by engaging in the civil political process. As our Holy Father Pope Francis put it, as Catholics “we need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern” (Morning Meditation of His Holiness Pray for politicians that they govern us well, September 16, 2013).
Given the upcoming United States presidential election, I respectfully draw your attention to Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, a document on the political responsibility of Catholics which has been published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This publication can be found here in both English and Spanish:
We have the responsibility to elect political leaders who work to protect and promote all human rights, which Pope Saint John Paul II enumerated in his Encyclical Centesimus annus, 47, as
1. the right to life, an integral part of which is the right of the child to develop in the mother’s womb from the moment of conception
2. the right to live in a united family and in a moral environment conducive to the growth of the child’s personality
3. the right to develop one’s intelligence and freedom in seeking and knowing the truth
4. the right to share in the work which makes wise use of the earth’s material resources, and to derive from that work the means to support oneself and one’s dependents
5. the right freely to establish a family, to have and to rear children through the responsible exercise of one’s sexuality
6. the right to religious freedom—the source and synthesis of all rights—understood as the right to live in the truth of one’s faith and in conformity with one’s transcendent dignity as a person
May those who elected to political office always work to protect and promote the common good of the people.