VANCOUVER, January 12, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In his homily for the annual pro-life Mass on December 28, Vancouver Archbishop Michael Miller began by expressing his gratitude to pro-lifers “for your willingness not just to affirm the sacrosanct value of every human life but to work and pray that this value be recognized as absolutely necessary to the common good of society.”
The Mass was celebrated on December 28 – the feast of the Holy Innocents – which commemorates the babies slain in Bethlehem as King Herod sought to kill the Christ child.
“Herod distinguished himself by the cold-blooded murder of innocent babies, in a vain effort to secure his throne against any rivals,” said Archbishop Miller. “We do not know their number, but they are venerated as martyrs because they died in the place of Christ. In a similar way we can consider all the unborn who die in the womb as silent witnesses to Christ and his infinite power to save.”
The Vancouver Archbishop said: “All too often in our country crimes against life are supported by government, certain professions and public opinion.” He noted the irony that while Canada is such a great promoter of human rights, “the most basic human right, ‘the right to life, is being denied or trampled upon, especially at the more significant moments of existence: the moment of birth and the moment of death.’”
While the archbishop admitted that the pro-life struggle in Canada “is an enormous task, one fraught with difficulties and setbacks,” he stressed, “we dare not lose hope.”
“The innocents slaughtered in our day should not occasion despair in us. We are part of a struggle that goes back to the murder of Cain – but we also have the palm of victory in our hands … If there are bloody Herods in our day, there are also joyful angel choirs, singing for the birth of each child destined for eternal life.”
“With the coming of Christ new value is placed on human life,” Archbishop Miller explained. “In Christ we are made even more aware that each and every human being is made in the image and likeness of God; that each and every human being is unique, precious and unrepeatable.”
Pro-lifers he said, “have an irreplaceable role to play: we need – the Church needs, society needs – evangelists, heralds, of life, people willing to confront the weakness of a culture which has trivialized the gift of life.”
The Archbishop cautioned, however, that “we do not approach those who are straying with feelings of arrogance or self-righteousness.” He explained: “The fact that we know that we are right about the sacred value of human life should make us humble and more determined to spread this message by the love shown in our lives and our willingness to be servants of life.”
Concluding his message, Archbishop Miller prayed “that our efforts will be sustained so that we may have the courage to bring about a renewed respect for human life in Canada, build a culture of life, protect the innocents of our day and comfort those who mourn.”
Read the comlete homily here. http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/jan/10011210.html
Both the House and the Senate approved versions of health care reform legislation before leaving Washington for a Christmas break. A House-Senate conference committee will negotiate a single version of the bill upon their return this month (the House returns on January 12 and the Senate returns on January 19).
Knights and their families are strongly urged to contact their Senators and Congressmen during the recess, and ask that they support the House language authored by Representative (and brother Knight) Bart Stupak (D-MI), which retains the long-standing policy against federal funding of abortion. Stupak’s language was approved by a strong bipartisan majority in the House.
The Senate version of the health care reform bill does not ban abortion funding, and the American Catholic bishops oppose it: under the Senate version, “federal funds will help subsidize, and in some cases a federal agency will facilitate and promote, health plans that cover elective abortions,” the bishops said.
Contacting Senators and Representatives at their home district offices during the recess is an especially effective way of making them aware of your views on the abortion funding and conscience protection issues. This guide (http://www.kofc.org/un/cmf/resources/stam_holiday_actiontool_kit.pdf)provides useful information about contacting your Congressional representatives.
To read the U.S. Bishops Conference statement click here. http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2009/09-267.shtml
To read Supreme Knight Anderson’s recent Zenit column on the issue click here. http://www.kofc.org/un/eb/en/news/releases/detail/549036.html
To contact your senators using the NCHLA web site click here. http://www.votervoice.net/Core.aspx?AID=970&IssueID=19513&atid=15844&siteid=0&App=GAC&target=true&isVisited=true&targetID=39292360
Since 1972, councils have sponsored the Knights of Columbus International Free Throw Championship for boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 14. The championship is set up to have the contestants compete within their own gender and age group. All competition starts at the local level. Winners move on to the district, regional, and state or province levels. From there, some make it to t he international level for championship competition in their group.
This Years competition will be on January 30th at 2:00 PM at St. Patrick's parish in Fayetteville. This Competition is open to all the youth of our Parish. To sign up see a Knight or Contact Grand Knight Pepe Aguilar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Qoute of St. Augustine's in reference to Holy Mother Church
“This same is the holy Church, the one Church, the true Church, the catholic Church, fighting against all heresies: fight, it can: be fought down, it cannot. As for heresies, they went all out of it, like as unprofitable branches pruned from the vine: but itself abides in its root, in its Vine, in its charity. "The gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (On the Creed: Sermon to Catechumens (14) c. 395)
Sacred Heart of Jesus
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Without priests there would be none
I’m here as a Catholic Christian and an American citizen -- in that order. Both of these identities are important. They don’t need to conflict. They are not, however, the same thing. ... No nation, not even the one I love, has a right to my allegiance, or my silence, in matters that belong to God or that undermine the dignity of the human persons He created.
Arch Bishop Chaput