September was a very busy month for our council and for the Church in America as a whole. As I write, our Holy Father, Pope Francis has just returned to Rome after visiting the United States. Locally, we had our annual Soccer Challenge during the Back to School Bash, Adopt-a-highway cleanup, Pancakes, and Spaghetti dinner.
I would like to congratulate our Soccer Challenge winners: Maddy & Kate, David & Ben ! (Last names removed from web for privacy) I would also like to thank Vern Miller for his work on the Soccer Challenge, Mike McLeod for his work on the Adopt-a-highway, and everyone who came out to help with these events as well as our pancake and spaghetti meals.
I want to encourage more knights to help out with these events. The weekend of October 9-11 is an exceptionally busy weekend. We have our annual Tootsie Roll Drive and we will be welcoming the women’s CRHP retreat at our pancake breakfast on October 11. Spaghetti dinner is October 21. We need all the help we can get, so come out, eat with your family and stay to help!
October is a big month for pro-life activities. In September, the 40 Days for Life campaign kicked off, as well as we began our baby bottle drive. Pope Francis wrote:
“Many others, on the other hand, although experiencing this moment [abortion] as a defeat, believe that they have no other option. I think in particular of all the women who have resorted to abortion. I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision, I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal. I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision.”
“What has happened is profoundly unjust; yet only understanding the truth of it can enable one not to lose hope. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father,” he continued.
He concluded: “I have decided…to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it. May priests fulfill this great task by expressing words of genuine welcome combined with a reflection that explains the gravity of the sin committed, besides indicating a path of authentic conversion by which to obtain the true and generous forgiveness of the Father who renews all with his presence.”
In our efforts to save the unborn, we should take our cue from the Holy Father, remembering to show mercy and love to the mothers who are struggling with this decision. They need our continued support to make the decision for life, and our help to heal when they do not.