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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time-September 23, 2018

From Fr. Tom…

Next week we begin a month dedicated to life! Next Sunday (September 30) we will stand up for the vulnerable in our annual LifeChain.  It is a reminder to us and to our town that life is sacred and created in the image and likeness of God.

I would like to let you know about something called 40 Days for Life (http://www.40daysforlife.com/)

It’s 40 days of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigils and community outreach.  You can participate by attending a vigil in Windsor, following along with the prayers and devotions on the website for each day, or fasting in some way.

The Word of God reminds us that we have a mission, and today’s Gospel reading is challenging our attitudes…when we are given a mission by God, we should be delighted to find others with the same mission rather than being in competition with them.

Jesus also is very clear that nothing should be an obstacle to protecting and preserving life.  If something is in the way we should cut it off.  For many young, scared, pregnant mothers, there is often fear, or friends, or other relationships that pressure them into choosing an abortion.  Our prayers, our fasting, our community outreach and our vigils can be our part in transforming our culture so that these obstacles to choosing and protecting the life of the unborn, the terminally ill and disabled, or anyone else are no longer present.

If you or someone you know is pregnant and needs support, there is help available.

For help by phone:
Sunparlour Pregnancy & Resource Centre (519-326-0612)
Our Lady of Guadalupe Home of Windsor (519-962-4861)
"Birthright" pregnancy help (1-800-550-4900)

If you are hurting after an abortion, there is help.  You are not alone! 

Here are some places you can begin:
Project Rachel: It's normal to grieve a pregnancy loss, including the loss of a child by abortion. It can form a hole in one's heart, a hole so deep that sometimes it seems nothing can fill the emptiness. www.projectrachel.ca
AbortionChangesYou.com: www.abortionchangesyou.com
Silent No More Awareness (Canada): This site is a grassroots effort by women who have had abortions. As the name implies, they publicly tell their stories about the effects their abortions had on them. www.silentnomoreawareness.org