Text Box: and the many other people relegated to the margins of society by consumerism and materialism. Nor can I fail to mention the unnecessary recourse to the death penalty when other “bloodless means are sufficient to defend human lives against an aggressor and to protect public order and the safety of persons. Today, given the means at the State's disposal to deal with crime and control those who commit it, without abandoning all hope of their redemption, the cases where it is absolutely necessary to do away with an offender 'are now very rare, even non-existent practically'”. This model of society bears the stamp of the culture of death, and is therefore in opposition to the Gospel message. Faced with this distressing reality, the Church community intends to commit itself all the more to the defense of the culture of life." 

       Children of the First Holy Communion Class 2011, will receive their Rosary on Sunday, October 3, 2010 during the 10.30am Holy Mass. It is their “first step” in preparation to receive two  Holy Sacraments: Confession and Holy Communion.

For all who are sick: Members of our families, friends, parishioners, and especially: Fr Vladimir Kozina; Fr Theo Palis; Martha Tork;  Lianne Claver; Juan & Nancy Duenas;  Frank & Imogene Martin; Titus Ekanem; Patricia Campos; Maria Zak; Rowland Sum; Fr Bill Marshall; Wilfredo Balza Sr; John Fealy; Michael Birdsall; John Pierce; Joan Mahoney; Kevin Kilty; Sophia – Grace Martin; Jeanne Kuhl; Brittany Fink;  ...........  ....  and those whose names are written in the Book of the Sick, and all sick people in the entire world.

For the deceased members of our families, friends, parishioners & benefactors of our parish: Bill Leitao; Inetta Calori; Michael Smith; those who died recently: Cynthia Wyman; Ilona Mielcarek; Barry Lynch; Kenneth Sunders; ............... and for all the faithful departed, especially for all the Poor Souls in Purgatory.

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       This Sunday - September 26; we would like to invite all our parishioners: young and old, with children and without, to celebrate this afternoon together. You can come to the 3:30pm Holy Mass (Marian Movement of Priests) and Holy Hour afterwards; or just come to the Parish Hall for the 5:00pm Potluck Dinner. Bring some food to share.
       After the dinner, we will see a DVD film about St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Cappuchin Priest,  born in a small Italian village, spent 50 years in the monastery of San Giovanni Rotondo, where he was much sought after as a spiritual advisor, confessor and intercessor. His life was devoted to the Holy Eucharist and prayer. In 1946 he told to young polish priest, Karol Wojtyla, that one day he will be a pope. Died September 23, 1968 (aged 81). Pope John Paul II beatified him in May 2, 1999, Rome, and canonized him in June 16, 2002; and announced his inclusion in the General Roman Calendar as an obligatory memorial, in June 2002. His feast day is September 23.  

       The month of October is dedicated to Mary under the theme of the rosary because of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7.   In the 15th & 16th centuries, there was an extensive promotion of devotion to the Rosary. On October 7, 1571, Christians won an important naval battle against the Moslem Turks at Lepanto (near Greece). The credit for the victory was thought to be the rosary. Pius V ordered that the annual anniversary of this victory be celebrated with a Marian feast of Our Lady of Victory. In 1573, Holy Father Gregory XIII permitted churches with a rosary altar to celebrate a feast of the Holy Rosary. After another victory against the Moslem Turks in 1716, Clement XI extended the feast to the universal church.
During the month of October we will pray the Rosary every day followed by Benediction. Please come and invite others to participate in this beautiful devotion. 
       In a special way, we wish  to honor Our Lady of the Rosary on Sunday, October 3, 2010. This is a RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY.       

       On this Sunday, October 3rd at 5:00 p.m., a special Holy Mass will be celebrated for the conversion of all those who are against LIFE and their supporters.  This Holy  Mass will be followed by the EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT; LIVING ROSARY & BENEDICTION.  Please reserve this time. 

       We need you to come and to pray during this LIVING ROSARY SERVICE. We pray for respect of life from the moment of conception till natural death; we pray for the new vocations to the priesthood and religious life; we pray for Catholic Missions around the world and for our own intentions, especially for our families.
       The month of October is dedicated to respect for life. Former Holy Father John Paul II in his post–synodal Apostolic Exhortation “Ecclesia in America” on January 22, 1999, wrote: "Nowadays, in America as elsewhere in the world, a model of society appears to be emerging in which the powerful predominate, setting aside and even eliminating the powerless: I am thinking here of unborn children, helpless victims of abortion; the elderly and incurably ill, subjected at times to euthanasia;