THE SAINT PHILOMENA MESSENGER
My dear Friends of Saint Philomena,
May the Good Lord bless you all in this New Year Of Our Lord, 2002.
I am sure, many of you, like me, thought we would see the Lord rather than be here yet another year. Gods mercy is infinite, and Our Ladys power with Her Son to stay His Hand despite our sins is far beyond our feeble understanding. It should hardly need to be said that the response of the faithful Catholic to having death look us in the face, is never one of worry or despair. No one is immortal. Very few of us will live to be 90 years old. We must ensure to be always in a state of grace and wearing the Brown Scapular, the pledge of salvation.
Secondly. Please note our E. Mail address has been changed. This is because Gateway was somehow absorbed by AOL (Dont ask me how or why!). This has caused us great inconvenience, loss of donations, etc. Our new E. Mail address is : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lent begins very early this year, the 13th. of February (Ash Wednesday).
As ever, and now with more facility since we have the help of Fr. Enrique
Rueda, the full Holy Week Ceremonies will be celebrated.
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE, MIAMI, 2002 A.D.
24th. March: PALM SUNDAY
ABORTION: AN ABOMINABLE CRIME (Pope John Paul II)
I have to share this with you all: Even before becoming a Catholic I knew abortion was terribly wrong. Incredibly, we are the only Catholic church in Miami (Except the Ukrainian) to allow the placing of a Pro-Life sign on our property (Our present one has a picture of a beautiful baby & the words in English and Spanish: Each abortion kills a human life!)
About a year ago two young men, not Catholics, contacted me. They were from Operation Rescue West in California. They had tried everywhere in Miami, seeking a place to park their vehicles and crash after a few days of pro-life witnessing. This consisted in driving their vehicles, which carried large photographs of the ghastly reality of abortion, in popular areas and around abortuaries during the daytime, in order to frighten people to acknowledge the hideous results of this barbaric murder. Astonishingly no church welcomed them. Some actually forbade their presence.I was only too glad to give them every assistance, inviting them to speak to my congregation to explain their wonderful work. Recently I read Troy Newmans book Their Blood Cries Out. This is such an indictment of our comfortable, politically correct, dont want to lose our tax-exemption Church, that on reading it one can only weep with shame and guilt, realising that the reason why more than four thousand babies are butchered to death in this country alone -every day!- is because apart from a number that can be counted on the fingers of one hand, the vast, vast majority of our bishops, priests and laity prefer to change the subject rather than risk the slightest inconvenience to save the lives of innocent victims, murdered by the thousand every day by their their own parents, our brothers and sisters in Christ who seek to get rid of the consequences of their sexual sins, or who seek to avoid the responsibilities of parenthood. Imagine if the Catholic Bishops, after Roe v. Wade had called for every Catholic to take to the streets in protest, we would not be where we are now, BY NO MEANS! Where were they over partial birth abortion? Stem cell research? Imagine the scene: the Cardinal Archbishop of X comes before the judgement seat of Christ: Jesus asks him: My son, why did you not risk going to jail to protect the thousands of babies who were slain in your archdiocese during your time as shepherd? His Eminence replies, But, Lord, we might have lost tax-exemption! May God have mercy on us all!
Their Blood Cries Out, by Troy Newman, is available from Operation Rescue West, P.O. Box 601150, Sacramento, CA 95860, (800) 705 1175, www.operationrescue.org. This book is so powerful it can change your life! It changed mine!
A SICK JOKE
Some years ago our Pro-Life sign read: Abortion stops a beating heart. One morning, three girls came into the church to ask me, How much is it? They knew abortion stopped a beating heart and they wanted that little heart stopped.
A RECENT TRAGEDY
On evening last summer, I was sitting in the church saying my breviary.
A young man came in and indicated that he wanted to speak to me. I took
him into the hall and we sat down. He was 17, Catholic, and of Nicaraguan
descent. He told me he had got his girl-friend (16) pregnant, and he did
not want her to abort the baby, he realised that abortion was murder.
His girl-friends sister, 18, had already had two abortions, and
was encouraging her sister to have her first. Could I help? I immediately
called Miami Right to Life and set up a meeting the next morning for the
youngsters and a counsellor, explaining to him that if she did not want
to keep her baby there were thousands of couples desperate to have children,
and that financial arrangements for his girl-friend would not be difficult.
WHAT DOES THE WORLD TRADE CENTER BOMBING HAVE TO DO WITH ABORTION? (The following article is much abbreviated from the latest newsletter of Operation Rescue West)
Osama bin Laden is clearly the most hated man in the world right
Abortion: May God have mercy upon us!
Let us offer up our Lenten sacrifices this year begging Our Lord to move the hearts of those in positions of power that they may realise the reality of abortion and act to put an end to this abomination once and for all! All must acknowledge the great intelligence and natural goodness of leaders such as Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice, yet they are blind to abortion murder, indeed support it, which, in the spirit of the demonically possessed founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, seeks to exterminate their race. (More on this see material produced by Human Life International, 4 Family Life Lane, Front Royal, VA 22630. E. Mail: email@example.com. Website: www.hli.org)
I know this is a most difficult time, but please be generous with your (tax-deductible) donations!
Yours most sincerely in Jesus, Mary and Saint Philomena,
Revd. Father Timothy A. Hopkins, Administrator.
(Copyright: Revd. Fr. Timothy A. Hopkins, 2002, A.D.)