Letter from the Pastor

October 21, 2018

Dear Parishioners of St. James:

Praised be Jesus Christ!

In addition to being the month of the Holy Rosary, October is
Respect Life month. This Sunday, October 21st, please join
parishioners and other pro-life supporters in a peaceful and prayerful
witness to the sacredness of human life on the State Street bridge in
Belvidere from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Since the infamous, illegal and
immoral Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, over 60 million
American children have been killed in their mothers’ womb in our
country. As disciples of Jesus we must do all we can to protect these
little ones from destruction.

Pope Francis recently decried the crime of abortion by saying that
“One cannot do way with a human being, even if small, to resolve a
problem.” He likened abortionists to “hitmen” when one wants to
“eliminate someone.” Human life is not expendable. Each person is
created by God in the womb; we all had humble, microscopic
beginnings. Someone had to care enough about us to bring us to the
light of day. Now it’s our turn to take care of the weak and vulnerable
among God’s most precious creatures: the human person.

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 killed over 3,000
Americans in just one day. Three-thousand Americans are killed every
single day in our country through abortion. It’s like September 11th
every day in our country. Are we horrified? Do we remember the
victims? Will we heal as a country? Do we ask for God’s mercy?

In a few weeks we will elect new leaders both locally and nationally.
More often than not we have to hold our nose as we fill in the oval,
especially when we have to choose for the lesser of two evils because
neither candidate may be favorable. But it is our moral responsibility to
elect and/or support politicians who defend the sacred dignity of human
life beginning in the womb. It is the government who supports and
funds the killing of the pre-born. The government is our choice.
Choose life so that you and our great country may experience God’s
blessing. The children are counting on us.

God bless you,

Fr. Geary

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