Sunday, December 7, 2014

Holiday Magic

It is a great pleasure and joy to sing with such amazing and talented men and women of the Sno-King Community Chorale.  Come and enjoy a most wonderful holiday concert.

http://www.sno-kingchorale.org/images/stories/Pictures/2014%20Holiday%20Magic.jpg

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Protests


We have seen protests in Seattle regarding which facility is best suited for Woodland Park Zoo elephants.

Protesters continue to disrupt traffic over claims of police brutality as
an unarmed African American, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. A Grand Jury found no indictment against the officer who resigned.  Media continue to sensationalize the protests.

Where is our outrage (and peaceful protest) over the killing of our unborn children in our (local) cities across America?  Jurisdictions actually sign off on the establishment licenses where the killing takes place? Unbelievable!  Between 55 and 56 million children have been aborted since 1973.  How many women have had their lives destroyed due to abortion?

Held end abortion today?

www.40daysforlife.com

Thursday, November 6, 2014

MPHS: A Former Teacher Writes


I wanted to write something, but wasn't sure what to say, as I pondered the tragic shooting events which began on the morning of Friday, October 24, 2014 at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. Our hearts were suddenly shattered and filled with intense shock, sadness and grief as we all learned of the horror MPHS students, staff, families, and the Marysville community experienced on this unbelievable day.  Frequently, I have walked the make-shift memorial fence which is full of well wishes, tears, love, peace, prayers and support for not only the victims, families and staff, but the entire Marysville area. I have wept. I have prayed. I continue to pray.  While searching Internet media sites attempting to obtain the latest information, I located the following blog post, which spoke volumes to me...as I, too, process these events. I have never met Mr. P, but our children graduated from MPHS.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
"Marysville-Pilchuck is MY School"
http://themrpblog.blogspot.com/





Abby Johnson: Building a Culture of Life - Cornerstone Catholic Conference



CORNERSTONE CATHOLIC CONFERENCE NOTES OCT 25, 2014

BUILDING A CULTURE OF LIFE

TACOMA CONVENTION CENTER, TACOMA, WA

 

ABBY JOHNSON: Former Planned Parenthood director, now outspoken pro-life leader, author of best-selling book, Unplanned, founder of And Then There Were None, a ministry to assist abortion clinic workers out of the abortion industry.

Abortion is the most common medical procedure in America – it is done blind – --not guided by ultrasound or sonogram imaging during actual procedure.

Abby performed 40 abortions per day; at 13 weeks – arms, legs, fingers, toes,        --internal organs formed and recognized.

Apathy: After 40 years of abortion - apathy continues as a significant driver of abortion.

Response to abortion: “We do nothing! We are silent! Church is silent!”  

--So very angry at our Church’s response!

70% of abortion comes from our churches.

57 million abortions so far – 57 million dead babies… What is it going to take?

Dear priests: please pray at the abortion clinic! If YOU lead, WE will follow.

How much do we talk about abortion? In our bulletin? During “Prayers of the Faithful?” Do we publish Sanctity of Human Life Sunday?

Our silence on this issue is deafening. If we do not value defense of life in the womb, why value the homeless?

One in three women have abortions in America.

Breaking News: 10 dead cats…more care and compassion for animals in shelters than we are with our unborn children in the womb.

Abby participated in 20,000 abortions.

 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Why Do I (We) Not Act Like it?

                                               

Two prophetic speakers at our Everett 40 Days for Life 2014 fall kickoff moved the hearts of those who attended September 19th at Saint Mary Magdalen Parish Hall in Everett.  Matt and David "walk the talk" daily defending the unborn, witnessing on the streets, while sharing the Gospel.

Matt Ulrich and his wife, Georgene, are long-time prayer warriors and parishioners at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Shoreline. The Ulrich's are co-directors of Prolife Washington, also known as "The Billboard People".  Prolife Washington raises funds to purchase pro-life billboards across Washington State.  Matt and Georgene are also directors of the local affiliate, (Seattle) Helpers of God's Precious Infants. The Helpers adopt and hold vigil at several abortion clinics (mills) in Greater Seattle area (Aurora, Everett, Lynnwood, Northgate, Seattle) while frequently attending Mass beyond Sunday and often praying for the end of abortion during adoration before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

I first met David Graves (Rhonda) during Everett 40 Days for Life Campaign several years ago.  He attended our kickoff event and prayed at the local Planned Parenthood clinic in Everett. David stayed in the background, but observant and seeing what 40 Days for Life was all about.  He attended the organizational meetings the following campaign signing up for several time slots per week.  Clearly, David was in this for the long haul, leading and starting the first-ever 40 Days for Life Campaign in Marysville, in addition to keeping his vigil hours at the Everett site. David is currently spreading his commitment to ending abortion in Mount Vernon.  David and Rhonda have seven children and attend Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington. Further, they created a pro-life committee to share and activate their fellow parishioners on life issues. David spends much of his (spare) time being "on the streets” praying.

Matt began with a series of questions and with a show of hands. "Is abortion killing? Is abortion murder?" He continued, "Why do we not act like abortion kills an unborn child that has just been murdered?" 

Tough questions!  Unmistakably, abortion is killing the unborn child. Therefore, although there may be a stigma with calling the intended killing of the pre-born “murder,” it is. Webster’s defines murder in legal terms as: the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought. Obviously, the doctor performing the abortion commits this horrendous and fatal act, and gets paid for it, too. Collectively, you and I (Americans) have sinfully allowed abortion to occur for over 40 years. 

Do I act like abortion is murder?  No, not as I should. What do I mean?  Even though abortion is constantly on my mind and I do have current responsibilities such as family and work, there are many prayer occasions that are passed up.  Do I attend Mass more than once per week? How often do I travel through Everett on my way home without stopping to pray at either Planned Parenthood or a few blocks away at Immaculate Conception? How frequently do I say a rosary for an end to abortion?  Do I (daily) lift up my heart in prayer for the end of abortion and for those contemplating abortion? Beyond the semi-annual 40 Days for Life campaign, do I fast with the intention of ending abortion?

"I am tired," Matt said. I am tired of people saying they are pro-life - but not acting like it! I am tired of hearing about this or that person who I need to talk to and connect with. After the contact, it becomes only lip-service, said Ulrich in closing.  He made it clear though, "we will never give up" and vowed to "press on" in our defense of the pre-born, because "that is what we do."

After a short break, David begins with this scene: "Parents walk in (anywhere) with two children in a stroller and when they leave - only one child is in the stroller?  David asks, "What happened to that second child?" Two entered, only one came out.  

(Pregnant) parents walk into the abortion mill (clinic) with the intention of aborting the baby which is concealed and protected within a mother's womb. The infant is alive, kicking, sucking its thumb, swimming in the amniotic fluid. Then, in an instant, it is suddenly and brutally killed. It dies a horrible death.  Depending upon the specific procedure, this process may take two or three days.

Humbly,  Graves said, "I simply do not value the lives of the unborn as I do my own born children," and named them aloud. David knelt in prayer as a sign and example for all. If we are honest, David's assessment belongs to each of us, too.

It is worth noting the statistics:
Lifenews.com reported, January 12, 2014 America has aborted over 56 million pre-born children since 1973.We have put to death fifty-six million plus infants! Unbelievable!  Purely evil!  This contrasts with the Nazi Holocaust where six million (Jewish) people were exterminated between 1933 and 1945.   Yet, abortion continues, roughly 3,200 daily.

America has witnessed plenty of natural disasters the past fifty to sixty years.
Earthquakes in Alaska, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Hurricanes Camille, Katrina, and tornadoes such as in Joplin, MO. We witnessed the eruption of Mt. St. Helen's in 1980 and were touched by those who lost homes and property in the fires in California, and E. Washington. Most recently and very close to home, the Oso Mudslide.  These are all "acts of God."  We wept with the communities as the dead were announced, and we opened our hearts and wallets for those who survived.  We are a compassionate people willing to help our fellow human beings.

However, abortion is a man-made holocaust.  It is our sin and turning away from God that has caused this enormous tragedy.  Why would we expect God to jump right in and end this slaughter of infants - although, He could in a blink of an eye.  No, He has already given us (the church - all baptized believers in the Lord) all power and authority; He desires/wants our pro-active prayerful, humble participation. He waits for our response.

The church should demand abortion be put to an end. Sidewalks should be overflowing, but they are not. Apparently, there is no urgency. Where is the church? For the most part, we are silent; we have more important things to do than being on the street in front of this place of death.  With God's help -  the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit,  let's be equally compassionate as we are in natural disasters and truly help those that are intent on abortion. We must pray for them, that they realize the enormous gift of life God has entrusted with them and seek life for their unborn child. 

Matt said it this way: "We come to this place of death in prayerful love so that our brothers and sisters will not die without love and prayer.  We come together to bear public witness to God's great Love and Mercy which can move hearts and forgive sins."

Please join us! Stand up and pray for an hour or more per week to help end abortion in our community.  Sign up online at www.40daysforlife.com/everett or stop by at the vigil located at Planned Parenthood, 1509 - 32nd Street, Everett, WA.

-if then my people, who have called my name, (will) humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and heal their land.
2 Chronicles: 7: 14

Pregnancy Help Resources:

Gabriel Project
(Seattle) Helpers of God's Precious Infants
Next Step Pregnancy Services
Pregnancy Aid of Snohomish County
Pregnancy Resource Center
Silent No More Awareness




 

 


 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Prayer to End Abortion


Prayer to End Abortion

 

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,

And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.

I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,

Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death

By the Resurrection of Your Son.

I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.

Today I commit myself,

Never to be passive,

Never to be forgetful of the unborn.

I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,

And never to stop defending life

Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,

And our nation once again becomes

A nation with liberty and justice

Not just for some, but for all,

Through our Lord.

Amen.

-In the Palm of Your Hand - Priests for Life.
http://www.priestsforlife.org/

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Irene Ann Miller, Obituary


Irene Ann Miller

http://www.pipermorleymellingerfh.com/book-of-memories/1940689/Miller-Irene/obituary.php


Irene Ann Miller
 

               Irene Ann Miller, of Tacoma, WA, passed away August 31, 2014.  She was 80 years old.  She was born on June 21, 1934, in Aberdeen, SD, to Joachim and Barbara Braun Miller.  After moving to Tacoma in 1941, the Miller Family belonged to Holy Rosary Catholic Church.  Irene later became a member of Sts. Cosmas and Damian Parish in Orting, WA.


               She loved reading her Bible and visiting with family.  She also enjoyed going to Cheney Stadium to watch the Tacoma baseball team, or listening to their games on the radio and TV.


               Irene is survived by her son, Ed Mohs (Donna); grandchildren, Kristy, Mark, Michele, and David; and several great grandchildren.  Survivors also include brothers Paul (JoAnn), and Richard (Gloria); sisters Rosemarie Vitale (Vince), and Monica Olson (Dennis); sisters-in-law Diane Brandfas (Chuck), and Grace Miller; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.


               She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Ed and Jim; sisters, Dorothy Marcinowski, Margie Pace, and Carol Hovind; brothers-in-law Chuck Pace and Tom Marcinowski; and nephews Donald Fuller and Jim Hovind.


               Visitation will be at Piper-Morley Funeral Home, 5436 S Puget Sound Ave., Tacoma, on September 5th from noon to 5 p.m.  There will also be viewing prior to Mass on Semptember 6th, at Sts. Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church.  The Rosary will be recited at Church at 10:15 a.m.; Mass will start at 11:00 a.m.;  and reception will follow Mass in the “Gathering Place” at Church.  Sts. Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church is located at 213 Leber St. NW, Orting, WA.  Burial will follow the reception at Calvary Cemetery, 5212 – 70th St. W, Tacoma, WA.


               The family wishes to thank the staff of Tacoma Lutheran Home – Ocean Station, for the quality care and deep respect they showed to Irene and family members.  We greatly appreciate all of you.


               Memorial donations may be made to Catholic Community Services.

               Online Guestbook:  pipermorleymellingerfh.com.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Great Joy: SKCC - What a Kick!


Very excited, I joined and became a member of the Sno-King Community Chorale tonight directed and conducted by the one and only Mr. Frank DeMiero.  Frank was my high school Men's Glee teacher my sophomore year at Mountlake Terrace High School. Thank you Frank for your tremendous gift of music, more importantly, your natural desire to share that gift with all of us. It is an honor to sing with you again!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Biblical Verses - Short Prayers

I love you, Jesus!
Thank you, Jesus!
Praise you, Jesus!
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Jesus answered, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
No one comes to the Father except thru Me."
John 14:6
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 Come Holy Spirit, come!
 Come into my life and stay with me forever.
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Jesus, Mary, Joseph.
I love you!
Save Souls.
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 Sacred Heart of Jesus,
 I place my trust in you.
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 I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13
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God so loved the world
That He gave His only begotten Son,
That whoever believes in Him
Will not die
But have eternal life.
John 3:16
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This is the day the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24
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I am the Vine;
You are the branches.
John 15:5
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One does not live on bread alone
But by every word that comes
from the mouth of God.
Matthew 4:4
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I will praise your name forever,
My king and my God.
Psalm 145
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Help me Jesus!
Show me the Way, Jesus!
Fill me with your Peace.
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Prayer at Consecration:
Lord, come into my heart and stay
with me forever...
Never let me be parted from you.
I offer this same prayer on behalf of
Donna, Kristy, Mark, Michele, David,
Their spouses and children.
Mom, all my brothers and sisters and their families.
U.Marty, A. Millie and their families.
Irene & Miller family;
Neva & Bradsnyder family.
Amen!
#
Bread of Life Discourse
John 6:51 - 69
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God is Great!
Good is God!
Let us thank God for our food.
Amen.
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Hail Mary, full of grace;
The Lord is with you.
Blessed art thou among women;
Blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God;
Pray for us sinners, now
And at the hour of our death.
Amen.
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Our Father, who art in Heaven;
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done.
On Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation.
But deliver us from evil.
Amen.
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Glory be to the Father;
To the Son,
And to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
Is now, and ever shall be.
Amen.
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Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and
he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Then he strictly ordered his disciples
to tell no one that he was the Christ.
Matthew: 16:13-20


My Birth Mom, Irene Ann Miller

Last Saturday evening (4/26/2014) as I lay in bed, ready to fall asleep, I received one of those late night calls, as parents, we dread receiving. However, rather from one of our children, or even Mom calling, the call was from my youngest aunts, Monica, the person I first met on my b-mother's side - the Miller family. Monica called to relay Irene's condition. Following her 2nd stroke in months, Saturday, Irene was quite unresponsive and not eating or drinking. "We had to keep physically checking", Monica said, "to see if she was still breathing." That was such a "tough" conversation as I clarified Monica's words to me; "it began sunk in." Irene may be dying - the original estimated time-frame, she was to have one to five days...

Monica is but two years older than I am and the youngest of ten children to Joachim and Barbara Miller. Incedently, 4/26 was also the anniversary of when Mom and Dad received me as their new son; 4/27 is our youngest son's birthday (David). I was Baptised at Visitation Church in Tacoma. 4/29 1:10pm Monica just wrote and they took her off IV. Still on anti-biotics for pnemonia, and she has slight virus in her eye - she gets ointment for that. 5/1/14 When I (Monica) talked with Irene's nurse earlier today, she said that Irene was no longer on oxygen or her i.v. She still needs to drink more liquids and they are working on that. Even her water has to be thickened, as her strokes made it so she has a "delayed" swallow and can choke easily. Her solid food is being pureed for the same reason. Irene doesn't like that very well, but she is eating some. Today they got her into the wheelchair for awhile. Because she leans to one side, they are going to be getting her a different type of wheelchair. She is still on her antibiotics for the pneumonia. Rosemarie was there with her this afternoon and took Irene outside to enjoy the sunshine. Rosemarie said Irene was not responding to her when she was talking to her, and not even trying to talk. The other day, she was at least saying yes/no when asked questions. It sounds like all this is going to be a roller-coaster type thing. Some days poor, some days a little better. We will just have to take it one day at a time. Dennis and I arrived in Fargo today, and will be here until early Saturday morning, and home Sunday evening. Unless things change for the worse, of course. Then we will just have to explain to his daughters and grandkids that we will have to visit another time. I know they will understand. Take care, everyone! I will do my best to update every day. Monica

July 12, 2014
Last week, Monica's sister, Rosemarie, called to relay new information on how Irene was doing. The news was not good.  After a couple days of smiling and eating a little bit, Irene had now quit eating and drinking since Monday, July 7. Also, Hospice suggested that she be given a low dose of morphine to help make Irene comfortable. She would be sleeping more and more each day. Frankly, her body is "shutting down".  She is dying.

I find myself contemplating her death.  I want to be there and comfort her in her last days.  At our last visit with her several weeks ago, I read portions of the book of Psalms to her. Psalm 118:24  "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."  She lipped those words as I read them to her. I want this Psalm/song to be sung at her funeral.  I also want to tell her that I am her son, before she dies.  I want to be there to tell her so. Even as I know, following her death, she would instantly know of this fact, anyway. I want to tell her myself on this side of creation.  I feel in my heart, she would like to know...

July 17, 2014
Tomorrow morning is the day.  Jesus, I ask for your grace and peace for my mom, Irene, and myself, as I share with her that I am her son.  May the Holy Spirit be with us.  I am grateful for my Aunt Monica and Rosemarie for taking such excellent care of Irene.  I love you Jesus! Hail Mary, full of Grace; the Lord is with You. Blessed art though among women; blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

July 21, 2014
After much anticipation, the day finally had come for me to tell Irene that I am her son. Donna and I were the first to arrive Friday morning (7/18) at the retirement center.   I pulled up the folding chair and sat close to her bed and
reached for her hand.  She remained looking away as when we first arrived. She was clutching her rosary in her left hand. Softly, but audible, I prayed several Hail Mary's. Turning towards Donna, I motioned her to come close to me.  "Get closer and speak softly into her ear," Donna said.

"Irene, I have something important to tell you...... I love you! I am your son." Then, I sang to her the Psalm/song "This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it." Still, she did not (outwardly) respond. Aunts Monica and Rosemarie entered the room. We exchanged hugs and chatted awhile. Irene took turns drawing each of us to her to sharing hugs and warm smiles, especially, Donna.

July 22, 2014, Tuesday
Today, I took our oldest, Kristy, her husband, Brian, and their son, Casen to visit Irene.
Again, she held her rosary close, displaying such great intimate love for Jesus and His mother, Mary, as she kissed her rosary many, many times in what appeared to be total submission to the Father's will. Oh, how Irene loves Jesus and His Mother, Mary! What a blessing to witness!

July, 26, 2014, Saturday
Happy Birthday, Ed!

July 29, 2014, Tuesday
I visited Irene for about an hour yesterday after work. She was quiet and slept most of the time. I prayed the rosary while I was there.

July 30, 2014, Wednesday (Monica Wrote)
She's been rather "feisty" lately.  Rosemarie and I were there yesterday, too, and Irene kept trying to get out of bed!  When I was there, her hands and feet were very cold.  I'd cover her up and she would smile, then a couple minutes later she'd be pulling off the blankets again.  When Rosemarie walked in earlier, Irene's feet were off the bed.  I'm hoping the fan was still aimed at her last night while you were there, and hope it was still on!  She didn't want to hold hands or anything.  Wouldn't answer questions, would just look at me like I really wasn't even there.  Guess we should get used to more of this behavior, I don't know.  It's getting harder all the time.

August 4, 2014, Monday
Today is 30 days since being informed of Irene not eating, drinking.

August 5, 2014 Tuesday
Monica wrote that Irene was quite irritable (yesterday) and attempted to get out of bed on her own without assistance. (afraid Irene would fall and break bones).
I went to see her today following work. Monica was there; Irene was sleeping as she received medication to keep her relaxed. She looked comfortable and never did open her eyes.

August 6, 2015 Wednesday
I am praying now that God will soon call Irene to her eternal Home.

August 8, 2014 Friday
Tonight I attended a Healing Mass at Tulalip, St. Anne's Mission. Father was late so we said a rosary before he arrived.  There were but 20 people total in this small church.  I went to pray for Irene, for her journey Home...that God would call her quickly.  Following Mass, Father Ewhey placed the monstrance on the alter.  It was a beautiful, brown wooden statue of Blessed Mother holding her son in the Eucharist.  I went up to receive the blessing.  Father anointed me with oil and received laying on of hands.  I wept and I felt God heard my prayer.  For I have had the past twelve years knowing Irene - the prayer He answered after many years of searching for her.  So now, this phase of our lives together would be complete when God finally calls her Home.  I pray she receives her reward in Heaven.  She so loves her Lord and his mother. 





Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Desert Dryness of Life

The Desert Dryness of Life leads me to needing Jesus, especially at this time. I keep going. Yet, I know Jesus loves me as He suffered and died, then rose on Easter Sunday morning, which we just celebrated. Lord Jesus, Blessed Mother, St.Joseph, all holy angels and saints in Heaven, please intercede on my behalf. I so desire the richness and fullness of life, joy and grace that being in the state of grace provides. Heal me, Jesus. Help me turn to you again. Help me get to Confession. I love you, Jesus.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Saint Vincent de Paul Invitation 2/9/13


Hello, my name is Ed Mohs, a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul here at Immaculate Conception; I ask for your help in both time and talent.

First, on behalf of those we serve, we want to thank you for continuing your generous financial support for our ministry in service to the poor.  Thank you for your weekly food donations to the SVDP baskets near the altar and in the back vestibule, and to the many volunteers in our Food Bank
 
St. Vincent de Paul Society began in Paris, France, 1833 by a group of Catholic college students led by Blessed Frederic Ozanam.  The Society is an International, Lay, Catholic organization throughout the Seattle Archdiocese, the US and in 147 countries, whose members seek to grow in holiness through direct, person-to-person service to the poor.

The Society is open to all those who seek to live their faith loving and committing themselves to their neighbors in need.  The Home Visit is the core of what we do as members of the Society.

How did I become involved in SVDP?  You might say, it is a family ministry.

My Dad, Mom, and sister are SVDP members. Growing up, I recall going out with Dad on St. Vincent de Paul calls to help the poor.  Mom is Treasurer at St. Pius X in Mountlake Terrace; Katie is active in Idaho.

In 2012, Judy Romaneschi, our current president, stood here to thank you for all your support and to seek new volunteers. After that Mass, I volunteered and began attending the monthly meetings.

I have been on several visits this past year with Elaine Keasey, who is a great mentor and passionate advocate for the poor.  On one occasion, a young married couple had just had their first child and contacted SVDP for help.


The couple was struggling to pay their PUD, as well as other bills. Dad was unemployed, but actively seeking work.  Our St. Vincent de Paul Conference pledged to pay their utility bill.  Most of all, we helped to lift their spirits, offering much hope for the days and weeks ahead. I was deeply touched that day – feeling as though I had just witnessed “the face of Jesus.”

Here at Immaculate Conception, our Parish Conference serves in North Everett, West of Broadway.

Our FY-2012-2013 Year End Report (reveals):

Home Visit Program:

Requests for Assistance: 998

Home Visits: 442


Food Bank Program:

Total Clients Assisted: 5,882, which included 343 children

Daily, Immaculate Conception neighbors who are on limited income, are having problems paying their rent, water or electricity. Some may not have enough money to buy food for their kids.  Where there is poverty and people in need, you will find the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.


In answer to this increasing demand to help the poor here in North Everett, we will be hosting an Informational Meeting this Tuesday evening, February 11 at 7PM downstairs in St. Mary’s Hall.  If you would like to learn more about the Society and our ministry, please take home a flyer from one of our Vincentian volunteers as you leave the church and join us on Tuesday evening.


Thank you for your generous food donations, financial and prayerful support, and your commitment to the needy through our St. Vincent de Paul Conference here at Immaculate Conception.

In closing, a quote from Pope Francis in his Address to the

Archbishop of Canterbury June 14, 2013:

 “Among our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor.”


 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Prayer, Politics, Education Revisited

I once wrote a small article: Prayer, Politics, and Education - roads to ending abortion in America and the world. Considering "prayer", a close friend and his wife state: go to Mass and Adoration on a regular basis...kneel before Eucharist...ic Jesus, seeking His Divine Mercy." And, "Be at the abortion place" where babies loose their lives, and parents sacrifice their own children for a multitude of reasons. Personally, I am conflicted in regards to "politics" as we have not had "major" successes; rather, what I call, "baby steps" which by the way - as is in life in general - for the most part. Education: I believe we must continue to educate each other in all venues as possibly human, including those areas that place us "outside our comfort zone.

Blessed Trinity, Holy Mary, Mother of God, all angels and saints, pray for us; move us to true repentance, and action in the holy name of Jesus.
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