Open Your Hearts to Life

Open Your Hearts to Life

October 6

“Let the little children come to me” (Luke 18:16)

Imagine yourself in the time of Jesus. Hear the loving concern in his voice as he held out his arms inviting the children to come. Picture yourself bringing the children you love to Jesus. He takes time to touch, bless, and caress each one before sending them back to his or her parents. Who can ever be the same after being touched by Jesus?

Today we are asked as a community to bring the children in our lives to Jesus in prayers. We pray that he will embrace them, guide them and protect them and that they will grow to know His unconditional Love.

This week open your hearts:

      • Include the children in your life, in our parish, and in our neighborhood in your prayers.
      • Watch for good behavior (in stores, waiting in lines, and at church) and comment upon it!
      • Consider volunteering to become a tutor or mentor; or to read at a grade school or an after school program.

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October 13

Opening our hearts to life means we reject the killing of human beings from conception to their natural death.  It means that we take every opportunity to bear witness to the sanctity of the life of the unborn. However it also means:

      • Providing an atmosphere of love and acceptance for all expectant parents, allowing them to lovingly accept the new life entrusted to their care.
      • Support for all new parents with physical assistance and prayer.
      • Consolation for parents who have lost a child through miscarriage, or still birth and those who are burdened with infertility.
      • Forgiveness and reconciliation for those who have lost a child through abortion.

This week open your hearts:

      • Include the above groups in your prayers.
      • Consider donating a baby item to the Mary’s Child program by placing at the break in the pews by 10/20/13.
      • Consider donating your time and talents to Birthright or the Mary’s child program here at St James.
      • Assist new parents with household chores.

October 20

Opening your hearts to life means we reject the killing of human beings from the moment of conception to natural death.  It means that we overcome the tendency to reject people and the demands they make on our lives. It means opposing the denial of life saving treatments to those with disabilities and the hastening of the death of the elderly and terminally ill in assisted suicide and euthanasia. However it also means:

      • Providing for the daily physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the differently abled, the ill, and the dying of our families and our community
    • Providing for physical, emotional, and spiritual support of those who are caregivers.

This week open your hearts:

      • Consider offering transportation to a medical appointment.
      • Consider joining our parish out- reach to ill and shut-in members of our community.
      • Consider becoming a Eucharistic Minister to serve our shut-ins at home or in nursing homes or hospitals.
      • Offer transportation or assistance with shopping or do household chores.
      • Offer respite care to a caregiver.

October 27

Opening your hearts to life means we reject the killing of human beings from the moment of conception to natural death. It means opposing the death penalty, slavery, human trafficking, terrorism, and unjust war. However it also means:

      • Working to eradicate the conditions that prevent our brothers and sisters from realizing their full potential.
      • Working for adequate food, clothing, health care and shelter for all. It means welcoming the refugees and immigrants to our community.
      • Providing for the spiritual needs of those in our prisons and jails.
      • Striving for peace in our hearts, our homes, our community and our world.

This week open your hearts:

      • Offer your assistance at the parish food bank.
      • Donate your extra gently used clothing to organizations for the needy and homeless .
      • Familiarize your-self with proposed legislation regarding immigration rights.
      • Consider volunteering for prison ministry.
      • Pray for peace