Prepare the Way of the Lord This week various Catholic leaders in Utah received the following message from Bishop Solis:
“The Diocese of Salt Lake City is establishing a Diocesan Respect Life Ministry to pursue the mission of our Church in protecting and safeguarding the SANCTITY of HUMAN LIFE from conception to natural death and the DIGNITY of EVERY HUMAN PERSON at all its stages. We are launching a prayer movement in all parishes, missions and Catholic Schools starting December 14, 2017 to bring awareness, educate and rally all God’s faithful to pray, support and promote this essential teaching of our Church to prevent abortion, protect the dignity of every human person especially the poor, the homeless, the sick and elderly, the unemployed as well as the immigrants and refugees. Please start the 40 Days of Prayer for Life in your parish church, mission and schools and carry it out daily”.
Specifically, Bishop Solis has asked us to pray the following prayer daily.
Virgin of Guadalupe, Patroness of unborn children, we implore your intercession for every child at risk of abortion. Help expectant parents to welcome from God the priceless gift of their child’s life. Console parents who have lost that gift through abortion, and lead them to forgiveness and healing through the Divine Mercy of your Son. Teach us to cherish and to care for family and friends until God calls them home. Help us never to see others as burdens. Guide our public officials to defend each and every human life through just laws. Inspire us all to bring our faith into public life, to speak for those who have no voice. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who is Love and Mercy itself. Amen
We will report other Respect Life activities during the month in our bulletin. Also, our high school blocks of education will include 10 Sessions of Theology of the Body starting in January. This block of study will teach us more about God's true plan for love, marriage and human sexuality.
In addition we will learn more about Catholic Social Teaching which guides our understanding and support of human dignity at all stages. This will be very exciting and uplifting. Stay tuned and SAY ALERT!!
Dec. 12: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dec. 16: Las Posadas & Simbang Gabi begin
Dec. 17: Third Sunday of Advent
Dec. 18: Mass for residents of Cedarwood
Dec. 21: Simbang Gabi Mass (@SJB Parish), 7:00 pm
Dec. 24: Fourth Sunday of Advent:
Masses at 8:30 am and 11:00 am
Dec. 24, Christmas Eve: Masses at 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm
Dec. 25, Christmas Day: Mass at 10:00 am