Building a Culture of Life
Saturday, 19 January 2019
In building a Culture of Life, we defeat a Culture of Death. Jesus said, “I have come so that you might have life and have it abundantly!”
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 marks the 45th commemoration of the tragic Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade which ushered in the legalized killing of babies in the wombs of their mothers here in the United States of America. Completely ignoring the rights of a human person in utero, the most innocent and vulnerable of the human family, the doorway was opened to this atrocity. Any civilization that allows or promotes the killing of children will not survive long.
Many people went to March for Life in Washington, DC or Atlanta. Here at St. James, every Wednesday we pray to end this culture of death which suffocates our nation. At 6:00 PM, we have a Holy Hour specifically devoted to praying for an end to Abortion and for the healing of the wounds caused by such a sin. Each of you are invited to come and pray the rosary and devote an hour of prayer for the end of this horror.
We have this Pro-Life Holy Hour here at St. James. What else can we do to promote a Culture of Life? What more can we do to support marriage and family life? Do we support and pray for our mothers with child? Do we support our fathers? We are here to assist and help nourish marriage relationships and strengthen the family. What more can we do? I am always looking to more ways we can foster the growth of marriage and family. What more can we do? Be creative and give us ideas! In building a Culture of Life, we defeat a Culture of Death.
BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
We kickoff the 2019 Bishop’s Annual Appeal this weekend. Bishop Hartmayer answers the question, “Who is my neighbor?” in his video and in his letter. My neighbor is the college student in Columbus and the needy person in Macon and the migrant worker in Eastman and the seminarian studying for the priesthood. All of these neighbors are assisted when I give to the BAA (and yes, I do give each year).
Last year, we surpassed our Parish Goal by almost $30,000 with 22.39% of our parish participating. That is outstanding! Your generosity is exemplary! To those who gave last year, a huge Thank you! To those new to the parish and those who have not given in the past to the BAA, I invite you to participate in the building up of the Kingdom of God all over our Diocese. The Diocese of Savannah stretches from the South Carolina/Georgia line and the Atlantic Ocean to the Alabama/Georgia line and from the Florida/Georgia line to a line including Augusta, Macon, and Columbus. Giving to the BAA helps you spread the Gospel all over this vast territory. Please be generous.
May the Lord bless you and your families abundantly this week!
Fr. Daniel F. Firmin