Weekly Mass Intentions
From the Lectionary
Because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me. ~ Lk 18:5
Daily Lectionary Readings
St. John's Email Prayer Chain
To add a request to St. John’s Prayer Chain, please send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call the office at 319-895-6246. Prayer requests are sent to an email group. To be a part of the prayer chain email group, send an email to email@example.com
October is Respect Life Month
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, of Kansas City in Kansas and Chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, celebrated the launch of Respect Life Month with a statement. Archbishop Naumann encouraged Catholics discouraged by attacks on human life to “hold fast to Christ, our Hope.”
Archbishop Naumann’s full statement follows:
“Although we must cherish, protect, and defend human life year-round, the Catholic Church in the United States sets aside each October as Respect Life Month.
This year’s theme, “Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life,” is particularly suited for our times. While attacks against human life seem to grow ever more numerous and callous, we know that Christ has conquered sin and death. Through our Christian hope in the Resurrection, we are given the grace to persevere in faith.
Jesus asks us to be as leaven in the world, to bring His light to the darkness. Our daily activities take each of us to places only we can go, to people only we will meet. May we allow Christ to renew and strengthen us, that He may work through us in each moment of every day.
For other resources and to learn more about Respect Life Month, visit https://www.respectlife.org/
October is also the Month of the Rosary
Here at St. John the Baptist, the Rosary is prayer before the 8:30 weekday masses on Wednesdays and Fridays. The rosary is a powerful prayer; think of it like an ocean, that has something in it for everyone, whether you are longing to go deeper into prayer with out Lord, or you are a beginner struggling to learn how to pray, or you are someone seeking the Lord’s help right now because of something going on in your life. Both the surfer and the child playing on the beach can enjoy the ocean while playing at different levels; the rosary offers the same for those who take time to pray with it. If the rosary is not part of your regular prayer life, now is a great time to try this 15-minute prayer that has the power to change you.