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A statement from Bishop Perez in response to several states moving forward with legislation that would permit a baby to be aborted at nine months.
February 5th, 2019
Again, we are being forced to endure another manifestation of what Pope Francis means when he says ours is a “throwaway culture” as legislation recently passed in New York and that being considered in other states would permit a baby to be aborted at nine months. I add my voice to that of Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, KS and Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities who, in a recent statement, said this legislation is evil, pure and simple.
It’s not our place to play creator. Being Catholic entails a greater responsibility. We recognize God’s creative work from the moment of conception. It is not our place to decide these things – it never was and it never will be. God is the creator and we are not.
I encourage everyone to pray that the world grows in its respect for life, from conception to natural death, and to build awareness to reaffirm the Gospel teaching about the gift of life. As the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities from the U.S. Catholic Bishops reminds us, “Only with prayer — prayer that storms the heavens for justice and mercy, prayer that cleanses our hearts and souls — will the culture of death that surrounds us today be replaced with a culture of life.”
Archbishop Naumann implores, “Now is the time for all Catholics—bishops, priests, and laity—to fight for the unborn with renewed vigor. We must educate family, friends, legislators, fellow citizens about how it is never necessary to intentionally kill unborn children in order to save their mothers.”
Pope Francis reminds us we are to be witnesses of life. May Holy Spirit be with us each of us as we work with resolve to protect for the most vulnerable among us, especially unborn children and their mothers.
FROM OUR PASTOR, Father Estabrook: February 24, 2019
In just a week-and-a-half, Ash Wednesday will mark the beginning of the great season of Lent. During Lent we show our commitment to ongoing Christian conversion through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. I encourage you to develop a personal Lenten program consisting of these three Lenten practices. Here are some ideas.
LENTEN PRAYER ~ Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 7pm ~ Attending Daily mass or reflecting on the daily Mass readings and Holy Week Liturgies ~ Meditating upon a daily Lenten reflections https://formed.org/promo/lent-registration ~ Praying a devotional prayer daily like the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Litany of Humility, Morning & Evening Offering ~ Remember a different person every day in your personal prayers and offer your sufferings for them ~ Make a Lenten Confession
LENTEN FASTING Abstinence - Is a penitential practice consisting of refraining from the consumption of meat and is to be observed by all Catholics who are 14 years of age and older. Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and the Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence. Fasting - addition to abstinence, fasting is to be observed by all Catholics between the ages of 18-59 years on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On days of fasting, one full meal is allowed. Two smaller meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids are allowed. If a person is unable to observe the above regulations due to ill health or other serious reasons, they are urged to practice other forms of self-denial that are suitable to their condition. In addition to observing the laws of Abstinence and Fasting which are required by Church law, you might also consider ~ Abstaining from snacking between meals, desserts, fast-food, junk food, alcohol ~ Eating only bread and water on Wednesdays or Fridays ~ Abstaining from video games, social media, television, movies, internet videos
LENTEN ALMSGIVING ~ Write a daily letter of spiritual encouragement to a family member or friend ~ Set aside your spare change every day for St. Vincent de Paul ~ Clean out your storage and donate items to Goodwill ~ Commit to a daily act of kindness for a neighbor or co-worker ~ Invite a neighbor to Mass or Stations of the Cross -Fr. Estabrook
A CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR YOU!
We are excited to announce that our parish has subscribed to a dynamic new online platform called FORMED. Every parishioner will have 24/7 access to the best Catholic content on any device, including your computer, smartphone and tablet with internet access. With FORMED you’ll find video programs that explain the Catholic faith, explore the deepest meaning of marriage, receive Bible studies on a variety of topics and includes inspiring audio talks. And you’ll find presenters like Dr. Tim Gray, Dr. Scott Hahn, Bishop Robert Barron and a lot more. They’re all part of our parish subscription. It truly is the Catholic faith - on demand. Here’s how easy it is to get FORMED: Go www.SIOA.formed.org. You should see the registration box for parishioners. Now set up a username and a password. Now you are all set to use all the great programs on FORMED.org anytime by simply logging in. If you have any questions please contact Fr. Estabrook at the Parish Office.
Message from Fr.Estabrook regarding new Sacrament of Confession schedules:
The season of Advent challenges us to open our hearts more fully to the gift of Christ’s love. One of the ways Jesus desires to enter our life is through the Sacrament of Confession. Starting next week, I will be making more time for the Sacrament of Confession. Confessions will be available from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm on Saturday, and between the two Sunday morning Masses, 10 am to 10:45 am. I am also happy to arrange for confessions throughout the week. Feel free to contact me by phone or email to set up an appointment.
New Recycling Bin !!!
RIVER VALLEY PAPER COMPANY Saint Ignatius of Antioch Church and School have partnered with River Valley Paper Company to help with our recycling needs. Items accepted in our bin are magazines, catalogs, newspapers, office papers, notebooks, wrapping paper, holiday cards, paper bags, mail, junk mail, hard and soft bound books, phonebooks and bagged, shredded paper. Items not accepted are styrofoam, plastic, aluminum, glass, metal and trash. Your participation in our recycling efforts not only conserves landfill space, it raises funds for Saint Ignatius as well. Acceptable Items for recycling
Parish Administrative Assistant
Music Director, Organist
Athletic and Activity Director
Lower Church Proposed Renovations
In the early days of our Parish, Mass was held in the basement of the church while the upstairs was still under construction. In the 1950's weekly Sunday Mass attendees were so great in number that services were held simultaneously in both the upstairs and the downstairs church .
Our Parish needs evolved over the years and the basement became a catch-all for storage. You would find Christmas decorations and church pews, statutes and candlesticks, pieces and parts from the Church festivals and oddities of all kinds.
In the 1980's a section of the basement was partitioned off to store items for our Food Pantry.
Recently crews have been working to eliminate the clutter , organize the valuables and reclaim the basement for usable space.
The following is the Final Rendering of the renovations planned for the lower church. You will be hearing more on this project and how it is being funded, in the near future.