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August 25 Weekly Reflection

08-25-2019Weekly Reflection

Children: Spend some time this week with your family discussing how you all can improve your family prayer time. For starters, do you pray as a family at meal time? How about at bedtime? Maybe now is the time to start! Now is a great time to begin praying more as a family. You can even commit to pray a family Rosary once a week to grow closer to Jesus together.

Take a moment to reflect on Jesus and His presence in your life. Pray together, aloud, the Our Father.

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August 18 Weekly Reflection

08-18-2019Weekly Reflection

Children: This week, discuss with your family what Jesus is talking about when saying that He wishes the world were on fire? Why do you think Jesus is in "anguish" desiring for His suffering? Could it be that He is so ready and willing to suffer so that we might have the opportunity for new life?

Take a moment to reflect on Jesus and His presence in your life.

Pray together, aloud, the Our Father.

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Cry with Me and Let Us Pray for Respect for Life in our Country

08-11-2019Weekly Bulletin LetterFr. Robert Seraph Aliunzi, AJ

Nothing has occupied my mind more, since last Sunday, than when in a spate of less than twenty-four hours that day, at least twenty-nine bodies lay lifeless and scores of others left wounded, when heartless shooters unleashed lethal bullets on them in Texas and Ohio. May the souls of the dead rest in eternal peace and may those wounded be healed soon.

First, I must admit that I become very emotional and occasionally cry when I discover that a fellow human being, or indeed a living creature, is unnecessarily deprived of life, tortured or denied justice. Or, when vulnerable orphans, children or elderly people are tortured and denied the basics of life simply because they have no one to protect them. I cried when I watched on Television Pope John Paul II shot, just as I cried when I read about Nelson Mandela and his life imprisonment and also watched when he was released from Robin Island. I cried when Idi Amin was overthrown because of joy and when Joseph Kony a brutal rebel leader in Uganda (who abducted over twenty thousand children and made the young girls sex slaves and young boys, soldiers), was chased out of Uganda. Also, I have always been moved to tears when watching epic films such as, "The Man of all Seasons," "Surviving the Holocaust," and "Jesus of Nazareth."

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August 11 Weekly Reflection

08-11-2019Weekly Reflection

Adults/Teens: How do you understand the conduct of asteward? Can you think of people who have been delegated acertain amount of responsibility and have become intoxicatedwith authority? How can they return to faithful stewardship?What does it mean to you when Jesus teaches that more will beexpected of those in trusted with much?

Take a moment to reflect on Jesus and His presence in your life.Pray together, aloud, the Our Father.

August 4 Weekly Reflection

08-04-2019Weekly Reflection

Adults/Teens: In today's Gospel, Jesus steps back from role of "judge and arbitration." How would you describe the way he exercises his moral authority in this story and in your own life? What is your top priority in terms of life goals right now? Are these goals based on spiritual needs or more material needs? Who are the most importantpeople in your life? How do they fit into your life goals?

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Put those phones in the basket!

08-04-2019Weekly Bulletin LetterFr. Robert Seraph Aliunzi, AJ

This past week, I was in Atlanta for the National African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States (ACCCRUS). A few incidences there with phones ringing during the convention, and they reminded me of an experience I had at a board meeting which I attend once a year while in Africa. One day, that particular meeting almost turned sour when phones of some of the members kept either ringing or beeping and were being given more attention than the agenda on the meeting. Those members kept smiling and laughing, but not at anything anyone in the meeting had just said, rather, at what someone had texted from miles away. Some even received the calls and proceeded to respond to them.

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Amidst the Crisis in the Catholic Church in America, There is Still Great Hope!

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Over the past several months, I have written about the crisis facing our Church here in the United States of America. In some of those articles, I acknowledged that the clergy sexual abuse scandal might accelerate an exodus out of the Catholic Church. Moreover, the press and social media, particularly in the wake of this reality did not help the situation either.

To give further credence to this claim, according to the "Our Sunday Visitor News Weekly", August 9, 2019, a 2018 survey from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, 26.1 million said they were raised Catholic but no longer identify with the Faith. Parishes are understaffed, with fewer priests: 36,580 in 2018 compared with 59,192 in 1970. Compared to the vibrant U.S. Catholic communities in the late 19th and early 20th centuries — largely influenced by the influx of immigrants from Catholic countries such as Ireland, Italy, and Poland — dioceses have struggled to maintain their numbers. The crisis therefore, did not forebode well for the future of our Church.

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