Celebrate life in all its wonder

Eric Girten

The Catholic Kitchen

October is right around the corner and is a month in which we honor our Blessed Mother, and so it is right that we also focus on life issues. Make no mistake, there is much work to be done; and in the middle of it all, we must also take time to celebrate life in all of its wonder. And that is exactly what we intend to do at 5:30 p.m. CDT on Oct.14 at St. Benedict Cathedral in Evansville.

Bishop Joseph M. Siegel, joined by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, will celebrate a Mass for Life. This will be followed by dinner (BBQ beef tips, cheesy potatoes, glazed carrots, green beans, rolls and a yummy dessert) at 6:15 p.m., and an address from Archbishop Naumann, who currently serves as Chair of the Pro-Life Committee for the USCCB and is involved in various other life initiatives.

With cases like Dodd vs. Jackson, Mississippi, coming before the Supreme Court; the true realities of the abortion industry being exposed on a regular basis; the current U.S. legislative and executive branches’ forced march toward expanding abortion coverage and taxpayer funding; the incessant push to legalize assisted suicide; and an increase in violent crime in our major cities and rioting in others, we must come together as community in prayer and celebration before God so that we might one day humbly stand victorious in His name. And this is our annual diocesan event to do just that!

Maximum attendance for this event will be around 200, so register early at http://www.evdio.org/events1.html (Diocese of Evansville-Departments-Family & Life-Events). You can also email Eric Girten at [email protected] or call the Family & Life office at 812-424-5536. I hope to see you there.

Also, on Sept. 24, we will host our 3rd annual 40 Days for Life Kickoff Prayer (at Reitz Memorial High School) and Procession (to the Planned Parenthood office on Weinbach Ave. in Evansville). This event starts at 6 p.m. CDT and is finished by 7 p.m. Make no mistake; the size of this crowd and its peaceful manner makes a statement to the community. Even if you live outside of Evansville, gather your group together and make it an evening.

There is much more happening, and I have much more to say, but that is what I will leave you with today.