Bulletin Letter from October 2
As we enter October, we enter the time the Church has asked us to focus on the Sanctity of Life. Here at Newman, we will observe respect life month by offering times of prayer for greater respect for human life. Specifically, we will have four opportunities to participate in a 24 hour period of continuous prayer for this intention. Beginning at 9:00 PM on Wednesday evening (at the end of Emmaus), we will expose the Blessed Sacrament for a 24 hour period until 9:00 PM on Thursday evening. We invite any and all to join us in prayer for an hour at a time. We need people to sign up so that we can be sure that someone is present with the Blessed Sacrament at all times. If you cannot commit to a particular hour, but would like to drop in at any time, you are welcome. Throughout the day, there will largely be silence, but at various times, we will have the Rosary, Morning Midday and Evening Prayer. Each Thursday Night, we will end the 24 hours by Praying the Church’s Night Prayer and offering Benediction. I hope to see a large number of parishioners and students taking part in these special times of prayer.
There are a couple of other special things happening in October of which I would like to make you aware. The Master of the Order (our general superior from Rome) will be making a pastoral visitation of our Province throughout the month. Frs. Don, Jacek, and I will be going to San Diego on October 17 to meet him and to participate in a regional gathering for the visitation.
Fr. Steve Maekawa, OP, our Province’s vocations director will be visiting and preaching next weekend.
There are three weddings at Newman this month and I would ask our prayers for these couples: Lauren Horton and Michael Simmons; Sean Small and Christine Pham, both of whom are getting married on October 8. And our former Campus Minister, Tanner John and Brittany McCain who are to be married on October 15 (a little Arizona humor: we have gotten a great deal of fun out of referring to this last wedding as the “John McCain wedding.”) Blessings to these and all couples who are preparing for marriage in our community.