FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK
God is always in control. We live in this confidence as we go forward in the sea of time rocking in the boat of Peter. We yield to the Holy Spirit and where he is leading us as a parish. The troubles we encounter are part of the providence of God. When we are anxious, exhausted, tired of circumstances, we are then called to connect them with God! He wants to live his mysteries again in us. Contemplating the passion will give us strength in witnessing to Christ.
This life is not all there is, and it is also a time of testing. The suffering we experience breaks some people, and suffering breaks other people open! Leon Bloy said once, “Man has places in his heart, that do not yet exist, and so enters suffering that those places may come into existence.” How encouraging then for us to enter the thicket of suffering. We can choose to offer these for parish unity and for the wider unity of the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church. We will find, when we offer our sufferings and trials, we will advance in the life of holiness. We faithfully endure them with Jesus. St. Augustine said: “Our pilgrimage on earth cannot be exempt from trial. We progress by means of trial. No one knows himself except through trial, or strives except against an enemy or temptation.” This is why we go forward with the cross squarely on our shoulders, and not sluggishly. Love bears all things. Have a blessed week!
COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION WITH A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE
Last week Bishop Felton published a letter to the faithful of the diocese on vaccines and vaccine mandates. In that letter he urged all priests, deacons, and staff of the diocese to get vaccinated. He made the same appeal to all the faithful of the diocese, citing the ongoing loss of life and other hardships that continue to beleaguer our communities.
The vaccine and especially vaccine mandates have been a source of some controversy. The Bishop’s position is clear, nuanced, and, I believe, correct. So I thought I would summarize some key points in this week’s bulletin. Immediately after recommending people get vaccinated, Bishop Felton acknowledged that the current available vaccines have a remote connection to abortion, and that this complicates the decision for many. He went on to cite the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (i.e. the teaching arm of the Vatican), the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Catholic Bioethics Center, the Catholic Medical Association, and other experts faithful to sound Catholic moral theology, all of whom have analyzed the issue and assured us that due to the very remote connection with abortion and the gravity of the situation with the pandemic, it is morally acceptable for Catholics to receive the vaccine. At the same time, these same analyses also make clear that receiving the vaccine should be voluntary and not mandatory.
Catholic morality says that for any medical intervention informed consent is always required. The document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith clearly states, “Practical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary.” However, the same document goes on to say that “from the ethical point of view, the morality of vaccination depends not only on the duty to protect one’s own health, but also on the duty to pursue the common good,” and therefore those who refuse to be vaccinated for reasons of conscience must also do their part to prevent the transmission of the virus through other means.This brings us to the question of institutions making vaccines mandatory. Ultimately, institutions are free to hire or fire who they wish, and this seems to include for reasons related to vaccination status. Whether or not it is proportionate to terminate someone’s livelihood for failing to get a vaccine is obviously something each institution will have to weigh carefully. But that consideration aside, the conscience rights of people to refuse the vaccine still remains. Therefore, many employers have documents available to request a religious exemption (and for those who do not, the National Catholic Bioethics Center has a template available at www.ncbcenter.org). With regard to these letters of exemption, Bishop Felton points out that “since this is a decision of the individual conscience, and not a grant of the Church, the signature of a priest is not necessary,” although priests can and should help individuals think through the issue.
The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) provides education, guidance, and resources to the Church and society to uphold the dignity of the human person in health care and biomedical research.
NCBC (www.ncbcenter.org) posts considerations on the COVID-19 vaccine as well as a vaccine exemption template letter at https://www.ncbcenter.org/ncbc-news/vaccineletter?rq=template.
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Day of Recollection Conference:
Monday - 8 AM
Tuesday - Noon
Thursday - 8 AM
Friday - 8 AM (First Friday at 9 AM)
Sunday - 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM
Our Lady of Fatima
Wednesday - 9 AM
Saturday - 4:00 PM
Confessions are in the church confessionals. The following times are available, or by appointment.
Tuesday - 11:30-11:50 PM
Thursday - 7:30-7:50 AM
Friday - 7:30-7:50 AM
Saturday - 9-10 AM
Sunday - 8-8:20 AM & 10-10:20 AM
Our Lady of Fatima
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Sat. 3:30-3:50 PM
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Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is 7 a.m. Monday through 7 a.m Friday. The Adoration Chapel is in the old St. Joseph school building in Crosby. Enter through the side door.
Prayer Line Ministry
If you would like part of the Parish Prayer Line ministry or make a prayer request, send an email to: [email protected]
Magnificat Youth Choir - For children in 3rd through 8th grade. We practice each Wednesday from 5-6pm in the Crosby church choir loft. If you have a child interested in joining this year, please complete this Interest Form by Sept. 1, 2020, or contact Sarah Steinke: [email protected] or 763-742-6238.
Schola Cantorum - An all girls choir open to grades 7 & up. We practice each Wed. at 3-4 pm in the Crosby church choir loft. Contact Kristin 218-831-7067.
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