October will bring several opportunities to witness to our faith and glorify God in our pastoral region!  The first weekend of October (next weekend) is respect life Sunday.  We celebrate God’s gift of life; we protect life, and we call upon others to protect life.  I invite you to gather across from the McDonald’s on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. at 2:00 pm on October 6 to join Butler County Right to Life witnessing to and praying for an end to abortion.  A second collection next weekend will support pro-life groups.

October 13, 1917 was the date of the miracle of the sun at Fatima.  If you are not familiar with it, look it up online or, better yet, at FORMED:  SEARCH, Documentaries, Finding Fatima.  We can honor this grace received from Our Lady, Queen of Fatima, and share the great concern she had for the eternal good of souls by joining the Rosary Rally.  We will pray the Rosary in the side lot of St. Julie’s, across from Marcum park at noon on Saturday, October 12.  Our world desperately needs pray.  Join us!  Please.

Our bus trip / one day pilgrimage to the Marian shrine in Carey, Ohio is October 16.  There is still time to register with the parish office.  We will have a Night of Praise and worship with Eucharistic exposition at St. Peter’s on Wednesday, October 23.  Please strengthen your gift of faith this coming month.

This Tuesday the Holy Hour is at St. Joseph.  It is a time of silent adoration concluding with benediction at 8pm.

There have been several funerals in the region the past three weeks.  Please remember to pray for the deceased and for all the poor souls in purgatory.  In terms of honoring the mortal remains of the deceased, St. Stephen’s cemetery will soon complete a columbarium for the interment of ashes.  The Church sees burial of the intact corpse as better demonstrating our belief in the resurrection of the body, but cremation is permitted when the remains are respectfully interred.