Due to summer bulletin deadlines, I am writing this column way in advance. My column last weekend touched on a call to action, an opportunity for our men to gather with me and to examine authentic Catholic masculinity. There is a huge breach or hole within our Church and within our society as described by Bishop Olmsted in his Apostolic Exhortation, Into the Breach. Our culture and society offer confusing, mixed messages and even assaults on true masculinity. Men are made for greatness, holiness, goodness, heroic virtue, courage and strength in imitation of Jesus Christ.
Our Into the Breach gatherings will focus on 12 topics ~ Masculinity, Brotherhood, Leadership, Fatherhood, Family, Life, Prayer, Suffering, Sacramental Life, Spiritual Warfare, Evangelization, and The Cornerstone. We will hear from noted speakers (short 12 minute professionally done videos), pray, share and discuss these topics together while supporting one another as Catholic men and disciples of the Lord. Interested men should email me at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
In our Responsorial Psalm this weekend, we pray, “May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you! May God bless us, and may all the ends of the earth fear him! O God, let all the nations praise you!” God is drawing together all the nations of the world through Jesus Christ, the one Lord and Savior of the human race. He is also calling together every one of us who live in this great land we call home ~ no matter our race, our ethnicity, our religion, our culture, our education, our profession. It is dialogue, understanding, love that overcomes the fears, uncertainty and hate so much prevalent in our world today.
Please join us this Wednesday evening at 7 pm for our Prayer Vigil for Equality, Unity and Hope. Monsignor Fred Britto, pastor of Saint Cyprian Catholic Church in West Philadelphia and Dean for Deanery 9 will lead us in prayer and preach. Pastor Jeffrey Harley, Pastor of Harambe Baptist Church Philadelphia and Executive Director of Called To Serve Community Development Corporation, Philadelphia will also speak during the service. We look forward to praying and sharing together in hope.
God bless you, God love you,