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We Can No Longer Afford to Ignore Our Lady of Fatima’s Requests
The following homily, Fatima: A Call to Spiritual Arms for the Salvation and Peace of the World, was delivered by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone on October 7, 2017 as he consecrated the Archdiocese of San Francisco to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Let us heed Our Lady's message, let us grant her requests, in order to hasten the triumph of her Immaculate Heart.
Click Here to read the homily as reprinted in the National Catholic Register.
Sacred Hearts Brother SK Joe Volpe and his wife Christine went on a pilgrimage to Fatima in June 2017. Joe gave a presentation on the trip at our October 2017 Business Meeting. You can review a copy of the presentation by Clicking Here.
On Tuesday May 9, 2017, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper presented Medallion Awards for Volunteer Service to honorees at the State Capitol in Raleigh. Included in this deserving group was our area's very own Mike's Garage Band (MGB), and a member of MGB is Brother Knight Chuck Krambuhl.
MGB has raised $720,000 in donations since Mike Haase formed the St. James group in 2011. In addition to Mike and Chuck, other current band members are Dave Reed, Mike Horgan, Dave Holly, Tony DeFillipis, and John Staryak. They play at many, many events (including KOC functions) during the year, providing their time, talent, and energy, and taking no compensation.
"Volunteerism teaches us all that we need to know about being good neighbors and better citizens," Governor Cooper said. Volunteers are the best of us, and those of you being honored today have gone above and beyond.
The Governor's Medallion Award for Volunteer Service was founded by the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service in 2006. The award recognizes the top 20 to 25 volunteers in the state each year. Medallion Award recipients are nominated at the county level then evaluated by a panel of community service leaders from across the state. Medallion Award recipients are honored at an annual recognition ceremony, where they receive a medallion signifying their accomplishments and service to the community. Award selections are based on the nominee's volunteer efforts and commitment of time, accomplishments, community impact and enhancement of the lives of others.
The Sacred Heart Knights offer hearty and well deserved congratulations to Brother Chuck and the rest of the guys in MGB.
Why Fatima Matters in the Battle for Life and Family
by Fr. Shenan Boquet
Human Life International—Pro-Life Missionaries to the World
May 13, 2017
The message of Fatima is, in its basic nucleus, a call to conversion and repentance, as in the Gospel. This call was uttered at the beginning of the twentieth century, and it was addressed particularly to this present century. … The call to repentance is a motherly one, and at the same time it is strong and decisive. (Pope Saint John Paul II, homily given in Fatima on May 13, 1982)
Today the universal Church remembers and celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the miraculous events at Fatima, recalling the wondrous appearance of Our Heavenly Mother and the life-giving message she brought. In considering the meaning of her message as it pertains to us today, I am reminded of something Sister Lucia wrote in a letter to Cardinal Caffarra:
The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid, she added, because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue… however, Our Lady has already crushed its head.
In my many travels, I experience firsthand the prophetic words of Sister Lucia concerning marriage and the family. These sacred institutions are at the heart of the battle because they touch upon the very pillar of creation, which is the truth about the relationship between man and woman, who are made in the likeness and image of God. If these heavenly created institutions are compromised, then the entire building collapses.
We should not view the message of Fatima as merely a historic moment, but rather as a living message purposely spoken to this age. The moral crisis we see in the world demands continued prayers, penance and sacrifices. Our response to the perverse secular culture is our ongoing conversion and spiritual renewal. We are being called to holiness.
We are prompted by the example of the visionaries, Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia, to offer acts of mortification with heroic virtue. At the height of their innocence, the two younger children, Francisco and Jacinta, offered themselves as expiatory victims. Sister Lucia, told she would live a long life, would exhaust her life in the service of prayer and mortification for the salvation of souls. Lucia asked Our Lady if she would take them to heaven. Our Lady answered:
Yes, I will take Jacinta and Francisco soon. You, however, are to stay here a longer time. Jesus wants to use you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish the devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world. I promise salvation to those who embrace it, and their souls will be loved by God as flowers placed by me before His throne.
When Lucia asked if she were going to be left alone, Our Lady responded:
No, my daughter. Does this cause you to suffer a great deal? I will never leave you, my Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.
Our Lady’s appeal for prayer and penance made to the children, to which the children responded with joy and complete obedience, also applies to us. Striving for holiness and mortifying our senses enables us to be fervent in prayer, gives us interior strength in resisting temptations, helps us to detach from worldly concerns, and unshackles our hearts from earthly vanities and attachments. Seeking holiness increases clarity of thought, making us more sensitive to the discernment of what is holy and what is abomination.
The evil one also knows the significance of marriage and the family. This is why he attacked our first parents and continues his assault today upon marriage and family. Marriage is the only institution that unites parents with their children, that recognizes the natural right of a child to have a mother and father. The family is the first cell of society, the domestic church, first government, first school, first hospital, first economy and the first mediating institution of society. Within this primary school, children learn moral and gospel values, which ultimately give shape to our cultures and societies. After all, society passes through the family, the first school.
Defending the truth about life, marriage and family is costly. The visionaries of Fatima suffered greatly because of the apparitions. Family and friends who failed to understand what the children received from Our Lady persecuted them. Newspapers waged a bitter campaign to discredit the apparitions and the visionaries. Despite all the ill treatment, the children bore it all with patience and charity, always mindful of Our Lady’s request to offer their sacrifices for the sake of poor sinners.
As we enter the good fight in the battle over marriage and family, we know that we too will be besieged by hatred and rejection. Our Lord reminds us, “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you” (John 15:18-19). We stand before two opposing views; one set upon a path of obedience and life and the other upon disobedience and death.
We also know that the attacks against God’s divine plan for marriage and family do not come only from outside the Church but also come from within – born of sins from disobedience, dissent and rejection. This is why the Church, the people of God, needs the message of Fatima to be a constant reminder as to the universal call for repentance conversion, and renewal. Only in this spirit, renewal of heart and soul, can we be the leaven in the dough. There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear…(1 John 4:18) We draw strength and comfort from Our Lady of Fatima who reminded Sister Lucia that she was not alone in this great battle – in her Immaculate Heart we find refuge.
There is still much for us to learn from Our Lady of Fatima. Her message is a sign of hope to a world torn by strife and discord. The answer to the attacks on marriage, family and society is the same today as it was 100 years ago – repent and be obedient to the will of God.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
No, New York Times, Christianity's Opposition to Abortion Is Anything But New
By Tyler O'Neil May 9, 2017
Over the weekend, The New York Times's Nicholas Kristof penned an ode to a Christian abortionist, Dr. Willie Parker. In explaining how a Christian could favor abortion, Kristof (who once asked Tim Keller if he was a Christian) argued that the Christian opposition to abortion is "relatively new in historical terms." He could not be more wrong.
"Let's remember that conservative Christianity's ferocious opposition to abortion is relatively new in historical terms," Kristoff argued. He cited various events in the 1960s and 1970s, when the Southern Baptist Convention passed resolutions to legalize abortion and Republicans were more likely than Democrats to say abortion was a private matter.
More insidiously, Kristof argued that the Bible does not explicitly discuss abortion, "and there's no evidence that Christians traditionally believed that life begins at conception." He also cited St. Thomas Aquinas, who considered abortion murder only after God imbues a fetus with a soul, and mentioned the common view that life begins at quickening, when a mother can feel the baby's kicks.
Kristof is right to say that Christians did not traditionally believe life begins at conception — only with modern genetic advances did science reveal that at conception a distinct individual with the full complement of human DNA comes into existence. Nevertheless, once this was discovered, it was a natural application of Christian teaching to forbid abortion post conception.
Indeed, the Bible arguably does condemn abortion — and not just abortion, but chemically induced abortion, which was the central issue in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. "Medications" to induce abortion, commonly referred to as "abortifacients," either in the form of pills or various herbs or potions, have been with humanity for thousands of years — and are arguably condemned in the Bible.
In his letter to the Galatians (penned in approximately 55 A.D.), St. Paul issued a catalogue of sins (Galatians 5:20). Among other sins, he condemned pharmakeia, the making and administering of potions. In Revelation 21:8, St. John the Evangelist condemned "sexual immorality," and then he immediately went on to condemn pharmakois, the plural form of the same word Paul used in Galatians 5:20.
Our very own Chet Michewicz was recently was profiled by our friends at the State Port Pilot for his participation in cancer research fundraising.
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Relay for Life Laps the Field
by Sarah Shaw Wilson
Staff Writer - State Port Pilot
May 10, 2017
St. James resident Chet Michewicz has been cancer-free since 2004. When he learned about Brunswick County Relay for Life in 2007, he and his wife, Monica, began participating each year, sharing the survivors’ lap with other county residents who have battled cancer along with their caregivers and spouses.
On Friday May 5th, the two once again took their place on the West Brunswick High School track to celebrate survivors, honor the memories of those who have passed and raise money for the American Cancer Society’s research. “That’s why I do it,” Chet said. “It’s a nice community event.” Monica says her favorite aspect of Relay is that her husband is able to participate as a survivor.
Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser, in which fundraising teams form and set up themed campsite, continuing their fundraising efforts by collecting donations for food, goods, games, and activities. Brunswick County’s relay is a 12-hour event held every year on the West Brunswick High School track. This year’s theme was “Wish Upon a Cure,” and the Brunswick County Scholarship Queens provided some fairy tale-style entertainment. Relay walkers enjoyed the fresh air, sunshine and even some freshly cooked barbecue, chicken and seafood dinners provided by local team members.
Relay Event Chair Teresa Houser said 50 teams committed to participate in the 2017 event, and that her committee had been planning since September. “I just want people to come out and have a good time,” Houser said just as the survivors were beginning to congregate on the WBHS track. As of Friday evening, team members had raised more than $135,000 for cancer research. The total amount raised will be tallied May 25.