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Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of LoveFrom the Desk of Fr. Donahue

Dear Parishioners,

Peace to you from the rectory! Since my letter last week I have had the chance to begin reading Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Although I have not gotten far – only through chapter two – one of the first things I want to do is to amend a comment made in last week’s letter.

At that time, I expressed hesitation regarding the accessibility of this document, wondering out loud whether its length and complexity would be problematic. I would now say that my concern was somewhat overstated.

The Pope himself provides suggestions in the document for the reading of his work, suggestions which are meant to encourage and not overwhelm. One is that attention be given to those parts of the document that specifically relate to one’s situation. As such, he points to Chapters Four and Five as being especially valuable for married couples – Chapter Four, “Love in Marriage,” and Chapter Five, “Love Made Fruitful.”  These two chapters are 77 pages out of 256.  I think that Pope Francis would prefer that married couples read just some of his work and be inspired, than try to read the whole and be frustrated.

So let me change my tune somewhat and encourage you more strongly this week to give the document a try, keeping in mind Pope Francis’ suggestion that if you find certain parts uninteresting, then move on.  It may be that you read only 70-100 pages.

Or, you may find the pertinent parts so compelling that you end up reading more, maybe even the whole thing. As Pope Francis notes in the very first paragraph of Amoris Laetitia, “the Christian proclamation on the family is good news indeed.”

I would love for many in the parish to revisit this good news as it is presented by Pope Francis, so please do give his document a try.  I look forward to continuing to share my own progress on Amoris Laetitia in the weeks to come.  St. Philip the Apostle – pray for us!

Your servant in Christ, Fr. Donahue


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May 6

First Friday Adoration (morning)

Friday, 9:30 AM

First Friday Adoration (morning)
Time: Friday, 9:30 AM
  9:30am with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and ending with Benediction at 10:30am in the Church.
May 6

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Friday, 7:30 PM

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May 7

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Saturday, 10:00 AM

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May 7

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May 9

Family Rosary

Monday, 7:30 PM

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May 12

The Bible and the Virgin Mary

Thursday, 7:30 PM

The Bible and the Virgin Mary
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  A six-week Bible study on Thursdays starting May 5. Space is limited, so sign up today and invite a friend!
May 14

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May 15

Young Adults

Sunday, 6:00 PM

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May 16

Family Rosary

Monday, 7:30 PM

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