5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

This week, Fr. John asked all the priests here at OLGC to preach about the recent HHS mandate. He specifically asked each one of us to read the statement from Bishop Earl Boyea (the Bishop of Lansing). That statement can be found here under the heading: Diocese of Lansing responds to HHS mandate

On our parish website you can find the statement of the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan:

Our pastor has asked us to pray for our country, for our bishops, and for our elected officials. This HHS mandate is a direct attack on our religious liberty in this country. In addition to praying everyday, Fr. John has asked that all of us here at OLGC offer a day of prayer and fasting for this intention. He has asked that all of us fast and pray on President’s day, February 20th. If you are unable to fast from food, fast from something else. There will also be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the day followed by solemn evening prayer and Benediction at 7:00PM.

In addition to prayer, it is also good to get involved. Contact your elected officials and let them know that this mandate is unacceptable. Here are some links to help you get involved:

On the White House web page you can find a petition to rescind the mandate; at Catholic Vote you can find an email address for Secretary Sebelius (the one who signed the mandate).  The most recent statement from our own Archbishop will be in our bulletin next Sunday, but you can also find it here.

I will close with a quote from Saint (Padre) Pio:
“Pray, hope, and don’t worry! Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer. Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God’s heart.”