SB 175 Defeat
As most of you already know, SB 175 proposed to lift any restrictions that detered an innocent child from abortion. This proposal was tabled and thus defeated yesterday evening (April 16, 2014) after a tremendous upsurge in grass roots protest.
While this is a tremendous victory for the pro-life agenda, it is by know means a thing of the past. We must continue to be vigilant in our role as the voice for those who have no voice and stand up to all actions that are against life.
For all those Deacons who made phone calls to state representatives, contacted groups, encouraged others to be involved and participated in prayers and in the rally on the capitol premises, I extend the Archbishop's appreciation and gratitude as well as my own.
This bill was destined for passage and on its way towards implementation. Had it not been for the miraculous intercession of the Holy Spirit and the leadership of our Archbishop Aquila, we would be facing a very tough battle relative to the protection of innocent life in the womb.
In Thanksgiving on this Holy Thursday,
Deacon Joe Donohoe
The Homily- from Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium
We deacons are often looking for ways to improve our preaching. In Pope Francis's 2013 Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, he includes a section on preaching as a critical component of Evangelization. The section includes abundant quotations and citations of Sacred Scripture plus papal documents. The section on the Homily is reproduced here, together with the citations and references interpolated into the text and highlighted together with the Scripture quotations:
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"Woman in Love"
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power of purity and prayer, Katie Hartfiel
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seeking to live life in the Spirit on the path
to their “Husband-To-Be”...
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Archbishop Aquila's Address to the Deacon Community
Click this link: http://www.deaconden.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1000&Itemid=221 to listen to Archbishop Aquila's talk delivered to the Deacon Community at its annual CDF Day on April 13, 2013
What We Have Been Waiting for: A New Preaching Resource
It has been over thirty years since the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a formal document on preaching the Gospel. This document, Fulfilled in Your
Hearing: The Homily in the Sunday Assembly, has been an important part of the formation of deacons and priests in the intervening time. Now we have a new resource, Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily, has been published (it was in draft form on the USCCB website for a few months before actual publication, so, perhaps some deacons have already delved into the document).
On the Catechising of the Uninstructed
James Cavanaugh, Director of Catechesis and Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Denver, gave an introductory talk to the Deacons at their annual meeting with Archbishop Aquila on Saturday, April 13th in which he stressed the importance of Servant Leadership and referred to a document authored by St. Augustine entitled "On the Catechising of the Uninstructed." Click here to read it.
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