From Father John
Below is a letter received by all priests in our diocese this week. As your priest, I urge you to read the letter and consider participating in this nine week novena.
My Dear Brother Priest:
I invite you and your parishioners to join me and Catholics nationwide in a weekly moment of prayer from early August to late September 2018 for the legal protection of human life. As soon as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, pro-abortion groups began lobbying the U.S. Senate to reject any nominee who does not promise to endorse Roe v. Wade. We should certainly raise grave concerns about a confirmation process that is being grossly distorted by efforts to subject judicial nominees to a litmus test of support for abortion. And we must pray.
Each Friday, from August 3 to September 28, 2018, we'll have the opportunity to join in a nine-week effort of prayer, fasting and education that a change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life. As part of the USCCB Call to Prayer, participants can receive weekly prayer reminders by text message or email. In addition to the current invitation to fast on Fridays, participants will be encouraged to pray one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for this intention and will receive important facts about how Roe is not health care, is bad law, and fails women.
Please encourage your parishioners to sign up at www.usccb.org/pray for this and the continuing Call to Prayer initiatives. Sample bulletin/pulpit announcements are enclosed. I ask that these Bulletin/Pulpit announcements be made every week beginning July 28 and 29 as stipulated in the enclosure.
Please also consider sharing the intention, graphics, and facts about Roe in your parish bulletin, on your website, and in other parish communications throughout this nine-week period.
These resources will be posted at http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/take-action-now/call-to-prayer/legal-protection-of-human-life.cfm.
May our Lady of Guadalupe intercede for the healing of our nation and our people from decades of abortion on demand. Thank you for your continued, prayerful leadership.
Sincerely yours in our Lord,
Glen John Provost
Bishop of Lake Charles