Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bulletin for the Week of June 23, 2013 - and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

Once again this year, the Fortnight for Freedom program will be held in Opelousas at Our Lady Queen of Angels’ parish hall. Fortnight for Freedom is a two week daily group prayer for our country leading up to the celebration of it's founding on July 4. The program began last year in response to regulations in the health care act that require health insurance policies to provide coverage for “health care” that our Church teaches are morally wrong and in some cases a violation of human rights. These “health care services” include abortion, sterilization and the provision of contraceptives. An explanation of the program and the prayers are provided in the bulletin insert contained herein.

      Schedule of Fortnight for Freedom Prayer Meetings
       Friday, June 21, 2013 – Thursday, July 4, 2013
      Times of Prayer Meetings
      All evenings will be at 6:00 p.m.
      … except Sunday (June 23) and Sunday (June 30) will be at 7:00 p.m.

As we have discussed in our homilies over the past months here at St. Landry, the health care act is further evidence of the separation of our country’s secular morality from our Christian morality. This separation has been occurring gradually for quite some time, but especially in the last 50 years. We should all remain vigilant in living our lives according to Christian values, those taught to us by God the Father Himself in the life of His Son, Jesus. Jesus’ teaching remain the same; it is our society that is changing, and in some cases, not for the better. Parents should be vigilant in making sure their children are taught these Christian values, which is more difficult to do when societal morality is inconsistent with them.

In the health care act, the government is attempting to force this secular morality on Christians and those of other faiths by requiring them to provide and fund these “health care” services, and in doing so are violating our religious liberty individually and as a Church. The Fortnight for Freedom prayers are for respect of religious liberty as espoused in our Constitution and taught by our Church. The prayer lasts about one-half hour and begins each night at 6pm (except Sundays, on which it begins at about 7pm following the 6pm Sunday evening Mass). All are invited and encouraged to attend any nights possible. If you are unable to attend, the prayers are provided in the insert for your individual and family prayer during these two weeks. Let our prayer be also that our wonderful country, in which we were blessed to be born, can live as “One Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all!”

           God Bless!

           Father James Brady

The bulletin for the week of June 23, 2013 has been posted. Click here to see it.

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