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The Catholic Daughters Court St. Joseph 1642
2012 Public Rosary Rally Successful
             On Saturday, October 13, 2012 members of the cluster parishes of St. Michael, St. Joseph and Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, gathered on the grounds of the Knights of Columbus home to recite the rosary. 
            Leading the group in prayer this year were: CDA members: Janet Small; opening prayers, Nancy Cashio; Joyful Mysteries, Amanda Doucet, Luminous Mysteries, Harriet Melancon; Sorrowful Mysteries, & Audrey Vicknair, Glorious Mysteries.
            The rosary was started at noon, which is near the time the miracle of the sun took place in Fatima in 1917.  This year marks the 75th anniversary of the apparitions in Fatima.  The rosary is said outdoors in an effort to allow the public to see the rosary being said.   Saint Louis de Montfort states: “Public prayer is far more powerful than private prayer to appease the anger of God and call down His Mercy and Holy Mother Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, has always advocated public prayer in times of public tragedy and suffering.”
            The America Needs Fatima campaign organized over 7,515 Rosary Rallies in 2011, they were hoping for 8,000 this year. That goal was reached an exceeded, as of noon, in towns across America and in 35 foreign countries, members and volunteers of America Needs Fatima held a record-breaking 9,077 Public Rosary Rallies. 
            America needs hope, and prayer gives us hope.  The Blessed Mother gave us the Rosary at Fatima as a sign of hope and also courage.  Over 9,000 Public Square Rosary Rallies give hope that this country is turning to prayer.
         Many of our parishioners shared prayer intentions: the sick of our community, the forgotten, those in purgatory, protection of the unborn, broken families and fallen away Catholics, while world wide the following intentions were prayed for by everyone attending on of the 9,077 Rallies:  
  •  Through the most Holy Rosary, we ask Our Lord and Our Lady for the conversion of America so that it may fulfill its historic mission.
  •  To stop the waves of sacrilege, blasphemy and anti-religious hatred within our society.
  •  That our national leaders would seek to honor God’s Law and pray for the wisdom and knowledge necessary to solve America’s complex problems.
  •  For the urgent triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in America and the world.
  •  In reparation for the countless sins, which are, committed daily against the most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the most Immaculate Heart of Mary.
  •  For the Catholic Church. May Our Lady grant it victory over its enemies, declared and undeclared.
  •  For America Needs Fatima. May Our Lady grant her many graces for increased dedication and efficiency in her service to the Church.
  •  For the end to abortion, pornography and same-sex “marriage” and all offenses against the Law of God.
  •  For each one of us. May Our Lady give us discernment and strength to withstand the trials we face.
  •  For our enemies. May Our Lady touch their hearts and convert them.
  •  For all those who suffer in this city. May Our Lady console them, help them, and sanctify them.
  •  For the dying. May Our Lady hasten to comfort them in their last moments and grant them the final graces necessary for the salvation of their souls.
  •  For those who persevere in virtue. May Our Lady grant them constant progress in sanctification.
  •  For those who struggle and hesitate between virtue and vice. May they receive the necessary graces every day to choose virtue over vice.
  •  For those who sin. May Our Lady preserve them from despair and bring them back to the good path.  For the intentions of those who have requested our prayers.
            As human efforts fail to solve America’s key problems, we turn to God, through His Holy Mother, asking His urgent help.
Court St. Joseph # 1642 Participate in WRAP
                  On the weekend of October 27th & 28th Catholic Daughters of Court St. Joseph  #1642 joined a nation-wide effort to spread the word about WRAP, White Ribbon Against Pornography.  The White Ribbon Against Pornography is intended to educate the public about the extent of the pornography problem and about what can legally be done to fight back against the flood tide of obscenity.  Fighting pornography and obscenity in particular, however, is a year round challenge. 
              WRAP Week began in 1987 as a result of one woman, Norma Norris, who sought to sensitize the public to the magnitude of the pornography problem in everyday life. For one week, people are asked to wear or display a white ribbon in solidarity against pornography.
              Over 800 ribbons were distributed at St. Joseph Church and Most Sacred Heart of Jesus this weekend.
              In his homily Fr. Brent spoke on the Social Cost of Pornography, saying, For the past several weeks we’ve all been hearing the presidential and vice-presidential debates, the ads on TV, the news, webpages and other media sources talk about all of the things going on in the world today, particularly the problems that must be addressed. We’ve heard endless discussions on things such as the economy, foreign policy, energy, and a list of other things. But one thing that I haven’t heard a word spoken about is actually one of the most destructive forces in our world today, and that destructive force is the reason you received those white ribbons when you came into Mass today: pornography.
              I came across a book a while back that really interested me because it was a book entitled The Social Costs of Pornography, but which wasn’t written from a religious perspective. For the Catholic Church or a group of religious people to write a book against it would be for the world to chalk it up as religious belief trying to justify itself by coming up with facts to back up beliefs. Instead, this book is written by regular people who have to deal with the effects of pornography in our world: lawyers, psychologists, sociologists, computer techs, and other professionals who see it every day in the people they serve. This book comes together to give us some disturbing information.  
 A few facts to show the scope of its reach:
-$100 billion dollars is spent on pornography each year.
-45% of teens view it regularly; not occasionally – regularly!
-90% of children between 8 and 16 years of age have viewed online pornography.
              This evil silently destroying our country and unless we personally and communally take a stand against it, we will continue to see the family and human person become less and less honored in our world.
              So I end with this – pornography affects each and every single one of us. If it is affecting you or has in the past because of your use of it, there is always hope.  As I said at the beginning of the homily, there is no sin that Christ won’t forgive and for that reason we don’t have to be bound up by the sins of the past.
From: A Soul Seeking to be Known
Homilies and Reflections from the mind and heart of
Father Brent Maher



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