We received a letter from our Bishop this past Friday afternoon. He asked that it be placed in the bulletin but unfortunately it was too late for us to be able to do so. We did post the letter on the doors of the church and read it at all of the Masses. But it is such an awesome request that it is replacing Monday Diary in hopes of getting the message out.
It is part of the great history of our faith that, when we face difficult times, we were called as a body to acts of prayer and penance to bring healing and ask for guidance. We read about people of faith fasting, praying and wearing sackcloth and ashes as we as a people look to realign ourselves with all that God calls us to.
Currently we face a scandal in the Church. Moreover, the we fully acknowledge when it had not been responded to well at all. The bishops of the United States will be gathering beginning November 11th to call each other to accountability, develop a response and be better shepherds.
During this week leading up to their meeting, our Bishop is dedicating himself to prayer and fasting and has asked us to pray along with him:
For healing of those who have been abused.
For the just punishment and conversion of the perpetrators and those who covered up abuse.
For the bishops, that they may be holy shepherds who will do all they can to keep the sheep entrusted to them from harm.
I will join him and prayer and encourage you to do so also.