Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Thank you all who stopped by the 24-hour adoration! It was a great blessing to our parish.
Onto our next adventure then! MARCH FOR LIFE in DC!!! We are looking into the best way for us to go to and from DC and we are looking into different ways of joining this pilgrimage. We will leave on Thursday evening, January 23rd. In the morning we will attend a mass that Cardinal Sean celebrates with all the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Boston, we will participate in the rally, and then we will return home on Friday, January 24th. We anticipate the cost to be about $100.00 per person. More information will be forthcoming. Please read the story below from Massachusetts Citizen For Life.
I don’t remember a lot about being seven, but I remember Alex. He was a German exchange student who lived with us after my brother returned from his stay with Alex’s family in what was then West Germany. I remember Alex pointing to the eastward horizon from our backyard one day, trying to help me fathom where his home was, and squinting in my attempt to actually see this mysterious land with very tall people whose words sounded so different.
I remember Alex telling me a story about a high wall that went on for miles, sliced the land in two, and trapped people on one side. I recall being frightened not only by the notion itself but by Alex’s tone; the way he described the wall sounded a lot like his description of German food or the Autobahn: it was just an accepted part of the culture. A few years later, like you when you saw the impossible — the Berlin Wall suddenly toppling one night on TV, hoards of elated people atop it, yelling, waving, dancing — I felt a mix of amazement and disbelief. And I wondered, “Which powerful person finally brought it down?”
Yesterday, I came across an article in The Wall Street Journal that offers one highly inspirational answer: ordinary people. To be sure, influencers like President Reagan and Saint John Paul II undoubtedly caused the foundation beneath the concrete slabs to waver. Yet, according to the Journal: “ . . . formerly secret documents from the Stasi archive and German government collections, along with interviews, reveal that the sparks that detonated the powder keg the night of Nov. 9, 1989, came from the men and women in the middle: largely unknown officials and average East Germans in history’s path. Their actions—some intentional, some not—produced the chain of events that, wittingly and otherwise, leveled the Berlin Wall that night.”
The article reminded me of how easy it is to become overly dependent career politicians with pro-life voting records or industry leaders with deep pockets and Capitol Hill connections. But, like any human rights battle, ours will be won because of us: the unknown, average citizens who march fearlessly into history’s path.
On Friday, January 24, 2020, hundreds of thousands of “ordinary” people will convene once again in Washington, D.C. for what has become an extraordinary annual testimony. I hope you will join us! Abortion has become a lot like the Berlin Wall. It has divided, trapped, endangered, and killed. Worse, it has become commonplace. But brave leaders have begun to speak out against this evil of our time and call for freedom. The foundations of what our society has come to call “reproductive healthcare” weaken a little each day. Now, it’s up to us, the powerless but just, to topple the wall of lies. I look forward to marching with you in Washington and standing before the Supreme Court to remind our leaders of the purpose and worth to each human life.
Those that are interested, please sign up with your name and your phone number at the back of the Church this weekend or contact Lee Ann. Hopefully we will have one bus on our own, if we manage to have enough people interested. The seats will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.
God bless, Fr. Steven
Father Steven Clemence