The latest from the Diocese of Syracuse
May 10, 2022
WASHINGTON – In response to the leak of a draft opinion in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, some abortion advocates are calling for nationwide demonstrations, disruptions of church services, and the personal intimidation of specific Supreme Court justices. Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities invited the faithful to unite in fasting and prayer:
In the midst of current tensions, we invite Catholics around the country to join us in fasting and praying the Rosary on Friday, May 13, the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima. Let us offer our prayers and fasting for these intentions:
For our nation, for the integrity of our judicial system, and that all branches of government be dedicated to seeking the common good and protecting the dignity and rights of the human person, from conception to natural death.
For the overturning of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in the Supreme Court’s final decision in Dobbs v. Jackson.
For the conversion of the hearts and minds of those who advocate for abortion.
For a new commitment to building an America where children are welcomed, cherished, and cared for; where mothers and fathers are encouraged and strengthened; and where marriage and the family are recognized and supported as the true foundations of a healthy and flourishing society.
For Our Blessed Mother’s intercession and guidance as the Church continues to walk with mothers and families in need, and continues to promote alternatives to abortion, and seeks to create a culture of life.
As Catholics, let us witness to the beautiful gift of life with civility and love, and with our peaceful prayers and our compassionate service to all those in need.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Sunday – April 24, 2022 at 3:00 pm
The Divine Mercy Holy Hour will include: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, public recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Benediction.
Dear parish family,
I was watching the news this weekend and saw so much hatred, anger, violence and rage stemming from the horrific events in Buffalo to a call for a ‘Summer of Rage’ to violent demonstrations. This left me to wonder and then pray about what could possibly be the source.
In his letter to the Galatians, St. Paul articulates the fruit of the Holy Spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal, 5: 22-23). What we are experiencing today seems to be the direct opposite of these. What then is the opposite of the Holy Spirit? St. Ignatius identifies this as the ‘Evil Spirit’. The Evil Spirit is the master of lies and deception, hatred and destruction.
I believe that what we are experiencing is not just a political issue, or a social issue but a spiritual issue. A spiritual battle between good and evil, light and darkness and truth and the lie.
As we approach the feast of Pentecost and pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’ may we truly embrace the Spirit of God and reject the spirit of evil.