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Our Lady Of Knock Chapel

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Give praise to the Father Almighty. To His Son, Jesus Christ the Lord. To the Spirit who lives in our hearts, Both now and forever. Amen.

Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland, you gave hope to your people in a time of distress and comforted them in sorrow. You have inspired countless pilgrims to pray with confidence to your divine Son, remembering His promise, "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find."

Help me to remember that we are all pilgrims on the road to heaven. Fill me with love and concern for my brothers and sisters in Christ, especially those who live with me. Comfort me when I am sick, lonely and depressed. Teach me how to take part every more reverently in the Holy Mass. Give me a greater love of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Pray for me now and at the hour of my death. Amen.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; grant us peace.
St Joseph, Chosen by God to be the husband of Mary, the protector of the Holy Family, the guardian of the Church. Protect all families in their work and recreation and guard us on our journey through life. Repeat - Lamb of God....
St. John, Beloved disciple of the Lord, faithful priest. Teacher of the Lord of God. Help us to hunger for the word, to be loyal to the Mass and to love one another.
Repeat - Lamb of God....
Our Lady of Knock
Pray for us
Refuge of Sinners
Pray for us
Queen Assumed into Heaven
Pray for us
Queen of the Rosary
Pray for us
Mother of Nazareth
Pray for us
Queen of Virgins
Pray for us
Help of Christians
Pray for us
Health of the Sick
Pray for us
Queen of Peace
Pray for us
Our Lady, Queen and Mother
Pray for us
Our Lady, Mother of the Church
Pray for us
(A special intention for the conversion of hearts)
With the angels and the saints let us pray: Give praise to the Father Almighty, To His Son, Jesus Christ the Lord, To the Spirit who lives in our hearts, Both now and forever.
Amen.

Instruction:
The Rosary or Mass and Holy Communion is recommended each day.

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Pastoral Perspectives

From the Pastor.... Why pray for the dead?

     It is an ancient custom to pray for the dead. The Book of Maccabees tells us that the Jews were already doing it within 200 years of the coming of Jesus. The general, Judas Maccabcus, prayed for his fallen comrades who had all died in battle. lt was discovered that they had been wearing pagan amulets (which was a sin). Judas arranged for an expiatory sacrifice to be made on their behalf in the temple.
     It is clear from early inscriptions in the catacombs that the first Christians did the same. St. Augustine writes of his mother St. Monica. It seems that he and his brother were discussing, at her bedside, where she should be buried (she was near the end of her life). She interrupted her sons and said, "Never mind where you bury me. Remember me at the altar." St. Monica was a very devout Catholic who understood the power of the Mass for the living and the dead. (She lived in the fourth century.)
     To this day, the Catholic Church offers Masses for the dead. Any parish bulletin will list daily Masses along with the intention of the Mass. The intention is usually for someone who has died. Funeral Masses are offered not only for the consolation of the living, but also for the welfare of the deceased. Outside the Catholic Church this is often not the case. For example, when Princess Diana died, she had a grand funeral at Westminster Abbey. There were no prayers at the service for the repose of her soul. To help make up for this, Pope John Paul sent a telegram of sympathy to the queen in which he indicated that he would pray for the princess.
     The Church teaches that those who have died in God's grace and friendship, but who are yet perfectly puri?ed, are indeed assured of their salvation, but alter death they undergo puri?cation so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter heaven. (Cf. CCC #1030.) Puri?ed of what? Selfishness, defects in devotion, faults, attachments to venial sin, laziness, etc. (I recall the vision of the priest who appeared to a village girl who didn't recognize him. He said that he was in purgatory for celebrating many Masses perfunctorily.)
     There should be great consolation that we can help the dead with our prayers. A woman who had prayed for her husband's conversion for 30 years was distraught when he finally committed suicide. The parish priest (St. John Vianney) who had special gifts, told her that her husband was in purgatory. He repented before he hit the water. Never give up on anyone's salvation. Pray for the living and the dead..

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10-21-18 Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time


 
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Rosary for Life   Saturday, December 1, 2018

Meet at St. Andrew's Benedictine Abbey.
Confessions at 8:30 am, Mass at 9:15 am,
Rosary immediately following at Preterm.

Pray the Rosary Daily 
for the conversion of hearts, 
for an end to abortion


You might also wish to visit the following sites:
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The Vatican
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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
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Diocese of Cleveland
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Eternal Word Television Network


     View Father David Baugh's Insightful Pro-Life Video  (transcript below)


Partial Trasncript
.. here today to speak to you about 40 Days for Life, a Pro-Life ministry.
I'd like to begin with a little story about a father who was putting his son to bed one day, and his son didn't want to go to bed. But he was obedient. He went up and got in bed. Five minutes later the father hears
"Daddy!"
"what?"
"Bring me a drink of water."
He said "I just gave you a dring of water befor I put you down.
He said, "Now just settle down."
Ten minutes later he hears "Daddy!"
"What?"
"Bring me a drink of water."
"I'm not bringing you a drink of water and if you don't settle down I am coming up there and giving you a spanking."
Fifteen minutes "Daddy!, Daddy!"
"Now What?"
"When you come up to give me a spanking will you bring me a drink of water?
I like that story.
I don't know if that son was so wise, but he was persistent.
The story of 40 Days for Life is a story of persistent prayer to end abortion.
And we are here today to invite you to join us in this campaign for 40 days, to pray for an end to abortion.
It all begain, for 40 Days for Life, in a little town in Texas, in the year of 2004.
Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in the United States, announced they were going to build an abortion facitity in College Station Texas.
Pro-Life people were very upset. They did not know what to do about it. So they said, well, lets just pray and ask God. Maybe He will tell us. They did that. At the end of that time one of them said "Did you notice how often the number 40 comes up in scriptures? The Israelites were in the desert for 40 years, Jesus fasted for 40 days. And many other places the number 40 comes up." He said, "Maybe God is telling us just to take 40 days of prayer and fasting - peaceful prayer, and keep a vigil in front of that abortion facility, and invite other people to join us."
That is what they decided.
There was another person involved in the begining.
Her name is Abbey.
When she was in college she was distressed at the number of girls who became unexpectantly pregnant. She wanted to help them.
Planned Parenthood came on the campus looking for volunteers.
They said if you want to help these women you should join Planned Parenthood, which she did.
And when she graduated they hired her.
She was a very good administrator.
As a matter of fact within another year she was elected the Planned Parenthood employee of the year for the whole United States.
She was put in charge of this abortion facility, the new facility in Texas.
Now Abbey had never seen an abortion before. She was the administrator.
She worked out front.
But one day a doctor came.
I am going to read a line or two from this book I am holding.
It is called "Unplanned". Abbey wrote this.
There are copies up on this table in front, along with some other very interesting things you might like to see.
Someone gave me this book a few years ago. I read straight through it.
It is an easy read but very important; Very informative.
Anyway, Abbey wrote this:
She said 'One day a doctor came and he said 'I am going to perform an Ultrasound-guided abortion on this patient. I need someone to hold the Ultrasound probe.'
And they did not have anyone. So they said 'Abbey, you have to come back and help us.' And she didn't want to. But she went.
She wrote this: "I could not have immagined how the next ten minutes would shake the foundation of my values and change the course of my life.
I took the probe and held it over the woman until the image was complete.
I could see the entire perfect profile of a twelve week old baby.
And I became very distressed, because I knew what was going to happen.
The doctor's instrument entered the woman and the baby moved away from it.
And then the baby was gone.
Abbey wrote: That was a human baby fighting for life. A battle that was lost in the blink of an eye.
What I had told people for years, what I had believed and taught and defended, is a lie.
The doctor said "Abbey, are you okay" and I said yes.
But I wasn't. I had believed a lie. I had blindly promoted the company line.
And this thought came from deep within me: Never again. Never again.
Abbey quit her job and went out and joined the people praying out in front of the abortion facility.
That made headlines across the United States.
"Planned Parent Employee of the Year Prays to End Abortion".
So Planned Parenthood sued Abbey. But she won the case.
She said: "all I did is tell the truth". And that is how it began.
Other towns, all of them, said: "How did you do that?"
And they explained 40 days, prayer and fasting, peacefully. And other towns began to do it.
And then in the year 2008, just ten years ago, they had their first national campaign. It was in 89 cities in the United States.
One of those cities was Dayton, Ohio.
And a lady from our parish was there.
Her name is Mary. She is here this morning. She will be at that table after Mass. I hope that you will stop to see her.
In any case, she came back to Cleveland and she said "we have to do that here". But she needed help.
So she went down to the Pro-Life office of the Diocese and asked for their help.
They said 'We never heard of 40 Days for Life, and who are you?
We can't promote something we know nothing about.
Is there any priest in our diocese associated with this?'
And that is when Mary came to me.
She said "Father Dave, will you be the spiritual advisor for 40 Days for Life?
You don't have to do anything."
That was a lie.
I could never go ask people to go out and pray on the sidewalk if I did not go myself.
I wasn't comfortable with that. I am more comfortable here in the church. Out on the sidewalk not so much.
Anyway, she took me out to Painsville and we prayed on the sidewalk at a place called Family Planning.
Then she took me over on the west side and we prayed on the sidewalk there.
And then she took me to Shaker Boulevard, a place called Preterm,
the largest provider of abortions in the state of Ohio, and we prayed there.
Two things happened to me. The first was - it changed my life.
The second was - I became very sympathetic to women who have abortions.
I saw them coming there. They weren't happy to be there. Very distraught very often, thinking they had no other choice.
Many if not most of them being forced to be there by their boy friends or their spouses, even by their parents,
and they thought they had no other choice.
We would like them to know that they have other good choices.
And our Diocese provides good help for people during times of unexpected pregnancy.
Mary told me last year she was out there .. and there was a woman there crying.
She said "I have already have three children, I have no money, and I have no one to help me".
And Mary said "I'll help you".
She put her in her car and took her to a very fine pregnancy center where they helped her through the nine months of pregnancy.
And they helped her afterwards.
We have helped people through the pregnancy, and afterwards; Very fine help. We would like them to know it.
But, of course, many have the abortion. Since Roe vs. Wade there have been sixty million abortions in the United States of America.
That is very hard to get your head around that - Sixty million.
And, so all of our lives have been touched by abortion. You may have had an abortion.
You may have helped someone to have an abortion. You may have tried to stop someone from having an abortion.
It touches all of our lives. But we don't talk about it. But we have to talk about it.
It is the greatest injustice in the world, I believe. Deprivation of life for all those children.
And someone said to me, "Father you always talk about the women who have abortions. What about the men who get them pregnant?"
We have to reach those men. That's harder.
We have to tell young men that they don't prove their masculinity by their sexual prowess.
We have to teach young men to respect women as persons - deserving of respect, not just objects for their sexual pleasure.
And we have to teach women not to present themselves as objects for sexual pleasure.
But our whole entertainment industry in Hollywood tries to get women to present themselves that way.
Our Holy Father wrote this:
"Chastity is a very manly virtue.
There is perhaps no greater manefestation of a man's virility than of being in command and control of his passions, rather than yielding to them."
We have to teach men to practice self-control, not birth control. We have to teach men and women good morality.
And we haven't been doing it. Not as well as we should.
If there is no morality - anything goes. And isn't that what we have seen happen?
So our enemy is not women who have abortions. Our diocese has wonderful help, not just for women before they have it, they have wonderful help for women who have had abortions.
To help them heal for the sadness in their life. But sometimes they stay away from church.
We want them to know - our church is about forgiveness. Our church is about healing. Our church is about the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
We want them to get help. They are not the enemy.
Even the people who provide the abortions are not the enemy. We want them converted the way Abbey was converted.
Who is the enemy? The enemy is the devil. I say that advisedly. The devil wants to destroy our church.
If you wanted to destroy the church or even our whole society how would you do it?
I put it to you that the best way to do it is to destroy marriage and family life. Why?
That's God's plan for our salvation.
The scriptures today are very ...
Jesus said "From the begining God made them male and female".
A man and a woman - very attracted to each other, wanting to give themselves to each other.
That's unselfish love, giving love, like Jesus here [pointing to the cross].
That's how God wants us that we love Him back. And then He takes us to heaven.
And He choose marriage as a way to introduce men and women to the kind of love that He gives. And then He will take them to Heaven.
And He will bless them with children. And the children will learn this love from their parrents.
The way I learned about love was from my parents. The kind of love that God talks about - giving, self-sacrificing.
Who made the sacrifices for me, or for you?

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