October is celebrated nationally as “Respect Life” month. Pope Francis has regularly stressed that all members of the Church can bring healing to the world by upholding the beauty of human life, as well as by sharing God’s unfailing mercy with others. Please remember to bring donated items for Heartly House (and its work with victims of domestic violence) to Mass during this month. Thanks to those who are participating in the Life Chain along Route 40 this weekend, or in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Harry Grove Stadium next weekend.
Every life, however brief, is a gift from God. If you have lost children to miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion, you are invited to attend our Pregnancy and Infant Loss Memorial Service on Thursday 17 October at 7:00 PM. Please inform anyone for whom this might be a healing opportunity– and register in the office by this Friday if you plan to attend.
For several years, our parish has been partnering with Brook Hill United Methodist Church and the Lions Club of Yellow Springs to provide weekend supplemental food bags for needy students who are recommended by the Guidance Office. Food or financial donations are collected at the Gift Card table throughout the school year. Please consult the insert in this bulletin for more detailed information about the needed items, the process and how to become involved.
I am always overwhelmed by the generosity of this faith community when responding to current events. The memorial donations in for Beaudouin Tchakounte continue to come in, and this will be a comfort and such a big help to his wife and three children. After the Easter Sunday bombing at Fr. Sumeth’s home parish in Sri Lanka, we collected donations for an education fund for the children who lost parents in that bombing. The fund has now been established, and so we recently sent off a check for $10,000—an appropriate gesture as we begin the celebration of Respect Life month.