"Due to safety concerns brought about by the winter weather advisory that will be in effect this evening for most of the state of Maryland, the Maryland March for Life and all surrounding activities are cancelled for Monday, March 13, 2017. We are exploring the possibility of rescheduling for an upcoming date--please stay tuned."
WOW!! Last night was TRULY something to behold!!!!!! (For those who were unable to be there, and who did
no see it TV last night, it will be uploaded on YouTube within 24-48 hours for you to view))
And THANK YOU
to all those who helped spread the information of this important event like wildfire!!!! This would not have been
a success without your efforts.
I awoke this morning with one BIG regret: That I failed to publicly express to all those present last night just how uplifting and consoling it was
to witness so many people [especially MEN]
come together and speak up for good, wholesome, moral, family values and how PROUD I am to be
a part of such a wonderful, GODLY community!! I was feeling that way throughout the night, tearing up at times as I listened intently to everyone's
genuine, heartfelt opposition to the classes--- repeatedly thanking GOD for
all you brave warriors---but it never came out because my nervousness & concern to engrave a few one-liners into the
minds of the commissioners & librarians got the better of me. *sigh* Oh well. The most IMPORTANT point was made collectively with
our voices, applause & our presence. It TRULY *was* something to behold!!!
I was told this morning by a gentleman working there for the past 6 years, that this was the longest public forum he's ever
Now. For the gloomy news:
While we were effective in making noise, HOWEVER, after the meeting, one of our County Commissioners advised us that:
WE NEED TO STAY VIGILANT TO ENSURE THAT THE LIBRARY ADMINISTRATION GETS THE MESSAGE.
And here's why:
Mr. Blackwell came up to me after the meeting, declaring emphatically:
"don't worry. I don't plan on doing anything like this for a LOOOOONG time!"
... and without taking a breath,
he proceeded to ask me what I thought about the library
providing sex ed for parents!!!
WHAT IS WITH THESE PEOPLE AND SEX????????????????????????
Clearly, Satan will not rest until this sick agenda makes its' way into our county.
So, unfortunately, I'm sorry to report: our fight cannot end here.
We must continue to put pressure
on either our County Commissioners or State Delegates (or both)
getting them to put into place
protective measures so that we don't have to keep
revisiting this EVERY 6 months!!!!
I'll keep you posted & ask your continued prayers for this
In Christ the King, Georgia
''I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingly power: proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the Truth and will be diverted to myths" (2 Timothy 4:1-4).
In a letter sent to priests Cardinal Wuerl today announced "with sorrow" the death of Reverend Monsignor Richard A. Hughes on March 6, 2017. He was 88 years old and a resident of Sacred Heart Nursing Home in Hyattsville, Maryland.
Monsignor Hughes was born on October 10, 1928 in Washington DC. His seminary studies were at St. Charles college, Catonsville, Maryland, St. Mary's Seminary, Paca St., Baltimore and at the North American College in Rome with classes at the Gregorian University. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 20, 1952 o'at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome.
His first assignment as parochial vicar was at the church of the Little Flower, Bethesda and in 1962 as parochial vicar at Saint Reese of Avila Parish, Washington, DC. In 1965 he was named pastor of Holy Angels Parish, Avenue, Maryland and in 1968 pastor of Saint Margaret of Scotland Parish, Seat Pleasant, Maryland. He was named pastor of Saint Mark the Evangelist parish, Hyattsville, Maryland in 1970, then pastor of Saint Michael parish, Baden, Md in 1987 and in 1994 as pastor of Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish, Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He retired in 2007 and resided in Mount Calvary Parish, Forrestville, Maryland. In 2013 he moved into Sacred Heart nursing home, Hyattsville, Maryland.
Monsignor Hughes was named a papal chamberlain a 1972 and domestic prelate in 1978. He served on the Priest Senare, as Censor Librorum for the Archdiocese of Washington and was a member of the archdiocesan Board of Education as parish priest examiner. He was dean of southern Prince George's County, a chaplain of the Maryland Knights of Columbus Councils 4076, 3022, 1955 and on many boards and councils for Prince George's County.
The Vigil will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2017, 3 to 7 PM at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The vigil Mass will be at 7:30 PM. Cardinal Wuerl will celebrate the funeral Mass at Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish at 10:30 AM on Friday, March 10, 2017. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton, Maryland.
ALL concerned citizens of the state of Maryland are welcome to attend. (Library employees are STATE employees).
A few of the commissioners confirmed with me (as well as in the below article, page 3) that they are on our side with this, however, we need to show-up to give them political support for any actions that they might want to take on this issue.
A County Commissioner also confirmed with me today via text that "the other side is expected to attend, in numbers" who are trying to make this "a First Amendment" issue.
The below article reveals that our Library Board & Directors intend to facilitate Sex-Ed in our library in the future. This *absolutely* cannot stand.
Let's Libraries usually benefit from silence but, in this case, we must be loud and clear in the correction of their error.
As we begin this season of Lent, it is good to be reminded of the Church’s call for all Catholics to animate this time of grace with acts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The Church invites us to deepen our relationship with God through prayer and to express our love of God in our love of our neighbor, especially the poor, whom we assist through almsgiving.
The Church also calls us to deny ourselves of some of the physical comforts we have become accustomed to through fasting. The requirement set forth in the law of the Church asks us to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent, which amounts to only eight days of abstaining from meat out of the whole Year.
Having acknowledged the importance of prayer, fasting and almsgiving during this time of Lent, sometimes, for pastoral and cultural reasons, we are asked to reconsider the rules and regulations, especially regarding abstinence, and consider granting a dispensation. This year, the memorial of Saint Patrick, March 17, falls on a Friday, and we have received several requests for a dispensation from the obligation to abstain from meat on this day.
For pastoral reasons, all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington are dispensed from the obligation to abstain from eating meat on Friday, March 17, 2017, the memorial of Saint Patrick. Catholics who avail themselves of this dispensation are encouraged to consider abstaining from eating meat the following day.
May the Lord bless you and the people you serve with many graces during this holy season of Lent.
With every good wish, I am
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia