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Gracious God, please pour your love upon those who have asked to be remembered in our prayers:
Finnegan House residents and staff -
as they mourn the loss of their friend and housemate Gary Smitheman
Clients and staff of Gruenert Center –
During their time of grieving for the loss of Gary
Kirsten Yuroshek -
She is 21 and was just diagnosed with MS. May she feel God’s comfort and strength.
Family of Carmine R. Buglione -
Father of Albert Buglione, DPD Supporter. That God may enfold them during this journey of grief.
Wehrlen House residents –
as they mourn the loss of their housemate Shirley Brown.
Family & Friends of Salvatore Mione –
as they grieve his passing. May God comfort them in their time of sorrow
Great grandmother of Ashley, Director of Barnet House. The doctors say he has little time left. May she find peace in God’s grace and comfort in his love.
- Father of Hope Eder. May God be with him and give him comfort, strength and peace during his illness.
– DPD volunteer, for renewed health in body and spirit
Bruce Schreyer –
resident of the Giuliano House. For renewed health and strength.
Larry Hanlon –
father of John of the Basile apartments. We pray for a return to health. May he know the love of Our Lord.
Christian Lavorgna –
Son of CARE volunteer Ed Lavorgna
May he regain strength and health
– Friend of volunteer Anna Philhower, for strength and healing as she battles with pancreatic cancer
– For healing
Charlie Raab & Jim Daugherty
- Heavenly Father May You place Your Healing Hands upon our brothers who both have throat cancer.
Robert Konowich –
Uncle of Jake Ferguson. We pray for your healing hand to rest upon Robert and bring him back to wholeness and strength. We pray this with gratitude for protecting his life.
Family of Jean Williams
- Mother of Gruenert staff member Lisa Beasley, as their mourn her passing. May she rest in peace.
- Brother of Julie Tatti. For strength and courage as he deals with cancer. May God’s healing presence surround him.
- husband of Barnet House volunteer Nina. That his ear is healed and he gets his hearing back.
James Ondimu Ochoki
– For healing for this beloved father, grandfather, father in-law, brother in-law, and uncle to many.
- May the Lord grant consolation and recovery to health.
- a young man of 23 whose lungs are not in good condition, may God draw him near as his final hours approach and for comfort for his loving family.
For peace, justice and hope in our world.
May God bless our staff, residents, friends, volunteers and benefactors.
May he turn his face toward you and give you peace.
Gary Smitheman – Finnegan House resident for 34 years
Carmine R. Buglione -
Father of Albert Buglione, DPD Supporter
Salvatore Mione -
Friend of DPD volunteer Jenn Minervino
Shirley Brown -
Resident of the Wehrlen House
Jean Williams -
Mother of Gruenert staff member Lisa Beasley
Jeanne Craig –
wife of volunteer Bob Craig
Most people think of Easter as a single day. But for Catholics, Easter isn’t just a day, it’s a whole season. The Easter season stretches all the way to the feast of Pentecost for a total of 50 days. Following the Resurrection we are all challenged to seek out ways in which we see God present in the world. One way the church pursues this goal is through the reading of the Acts of the Apostles at Mass rather than the usual practice of reading from the Old Testament. These readings tell the story of the church’s earliest days. These stories of heroism, controversies, persecutions and miracles all testify to the continued presence of the Risen Christ in the world, through the lives of his disciples, and the actions of the Holy Spirit. All of this should be an encouragement and a sign of hope for us today. Despite war, violence, personal struggles, and an under-performing economy, God has not abandoned us, nor left us to our own devices. The risen savior is still with us. These 50 days of Easter ask us to reflect on his presence and— even in the face of danger or fear—to live with joy.
April 22 - Earth Day
, founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson, was first organized in 1970 to promote ecology and respect for life on the planet as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution. It comes as a surprise to many that the Catholic Church has been green for a lot longer than any modern environmental movement. Our theology of environmental stewardship has its roots in the Old Testament book of Genesis when God gave ‘dominion’ to people over all of creation. This means that creation has been entrusted to us to care for and share.
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
however clarifies that it is a "pretension" to think that this is an "unconditional dominion," one that may be "heedless of any moral considerations." All human activity-including that activity that relates to how man deals with his environment-is subject to moral consideration. There is no realm where man may act without regard to morality. There is therefore a morality of ecology, a right and wrong of how we use or abuse our natural resources.
Pope Francis targeted the indifference of many to environmental issues.
"We must not be indifferent or resigned to the loss of biodiversity and destruction of ecosystems, often caused by our irresponsible and selfish behavior," he said. "Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence … We have no such right."
Pope Francis also called Earth "our common home," and said that rich nations have an "ecological debt" to poorer nations.
Two people are recognized as Patron Saints of Ecology:
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha and Saint Francis of Assisi.