Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

My dear parishioners and friends of our parish community: Praised be Jesus Christ!  Now and forever! 

I continue the slow healing process of my left humeris bone along with physical therapy sessions.  I wish to thank you all and especially the St. John School children for many lovely cards, wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery.  Please, keep them coming!  With your support and prayers, I’ll heal up speedily!

As you are aware of, the FREEDOM OF CHOICE ACT (FOCA) is a radical piece of legislation that creates a “fundamental right” to abortion throughout the nine months of pregnancy.  For the first time in U.S. history, abortion on demand would become an entitlement the government must fund and promote.  No other piece of legislation would have such a destructive impact on society’s ability to limit or regulate abortion.  FOCA would impose an extreme abortion regimen on our country. 

Despite its misleading name, FOCA would deprive the American people of the freedom they now have to at least set some limits on the abortion industry.  On January 23rd, 2009, despite the worst economic times in modern history, President Barack Obama lifted the ban on abortions overseas.  Now up to billions of U.S. dollars will go to promote abortions in foreign lands.  Millions of human lives will be destroyed through abortion funding. 

Abortion groups are now working to pass FOCA with a Congress more disposed than any in recent years to pass the bill and a President who has said he will sign it into law. 

The U.S. Bishops and the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment are co-sponsoring the “FIGHT FOCA POSTCARD CAMPAIGN.”  In the Diocese of Norwich this campaign is this weekend, February 14th and 15th.  Please read Bishop Cote’s letter in today’s parish bulletin. 

Today you and I have the opportunity to sign and send postcards to our U.S. Representative Rosa DiLauro and Senators Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman.  Please bring the cards home, detach and fill them out, and mail them in.  Feel free to add a personal message on each postcard to increase the effectiveness.  Call the White House at 202-456-1111 and tell President Obama that you do not support the passage of FOCA. 

Thank you for making your voice heard on this important matter.  Together, let us stand as a people of Life!  FIGHT FOCA TODAY!

                                                          Happy St. Valentine’s Weekend to you! 
  Winter Blessings on all! 
  Father Jim 

Life: Imagine The Potential

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