Last week the identities of four American families were the frequent focal point of attention in the media: the family names of MacPhail, Davis, Byrd and Brewer. Two of those families have had to live for many years with the awful loss of a loved one who was taken from them suddenly and violently. Their anguish has been intense and should evoke every ounce of our compassion. Two of those families have lived for almost as many years with the impending loss of a son, a brother, or a father living on death row for numerous years. They too deserve our consideration.
Catholics across the United States observe October as Respect Life Month. This year’s theme, “I came so that all might have life and have it to the full,” reminds us that loving God and others fulfills our deepest needs, allowing us to have life “to the full.” This includes showing respect for the life and dignity of every human person made in the image of God, from the unborn, to the prisoner, to the weakest and most vulnerable among us.
For the Archdiocesan Respect Life Ministry, check here.
For information from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, check here.
NEW MINISTRY BORN OUT OF COUPLE'S GRIEF
Out of her own heartbreak, Nicole Hartman is reaching out to other couples that share the grief of losing a child still in the womb.
“It is this awful cross,” she said.
The 39-year-old is leading the effort to form a ministry in the Atlanta Archdiocese called Embrace to aid other couples with support and compassion. The archdiocese appears to be one of the few to have a ministry for the death of an unborn child.
The new English translation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal will go into effect on November 27, 2011, with musical settings available even sooner! An ongoing process of preparation is underway in the Archdiocese of Atlanta for the reception of the new translation. Effective preparation for the new translation will not only provide for a smoother transition, but will help Catholics to understand the mass more deeply, and to participate in the sacred liturgy with the devout and active participation called for by the Second Vatican Council. (cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium 50)
“Catholicism,” a multi-part documentary series, will air in over 80 public television markets across the country this fall, including in Georgia on WPBA, GPTV and EWTN.
The documentary series illustrates the history and treasures of a global religion shared by more than one billion people around the world. Filmed in high-definition and spanning more than 50 locations in 15 countries, the series was created and hosted by Father Robert Barron, the Francis Cardinal George Professor of Faith and Culture at Mundelein Seminary and a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
In this large-scale documentary, Father Barron tells the story of Catholicism around the world, using art, architecture, literature, music and all the riches of the Catholic tradition. The production crew traveled to some of the most magnificent and sacred sites in Jerusalem, Rome, Krakow, Warsaw, New York, Istanbul, Ephesus, Lourdes, Mexico City, Athens, Corinth, Mexico City and more.
Meet Junot Nelvy, one of our archdiocesan seminarians.
“My name is Junot Nelvy, from Les Cayes (Haiti). I look forward to being ordained to the priesthood and serving in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, God willing. Before answering the call of God, I was working in construction field in which I earned a bachelor degree. I was director, administrator, and musician of a choir in my home parish of Sacred Heart (Sacré-coeur). Answering God’s call to be a seminarian and eventually a priest is the best choice that I ever made. I am so happy and grateful for that. Even though I left behind all the things that I enjoyed doing (music, singing, working) I am happier now more than ever. Even more, when we seminarians know that the whole Archdiocese of Atlanta is praying for us. May God bless you always, knowing that you are in my prayers as well. Let us praise the Lord and give him thanks.”
Junot is studying at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. Those wishing to e-mail him with prayers and encouragement can write to: firstname.lastname@example.org.