From Fr. Kitsmiller

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

October is a special month in our Catholic Church. We highlight the praying of the Rosary during this month. The Rosary is the special gift of Our Lady to her children. While praying the prayers of the Rosary (the Our Father, the Hail Mary, the Glory Be, etc.), we contemplate the events of Jesus’ life on earth. The four mysteries, Joyful, Sorrowful, Luminous, and Glorious help us meditate and understand the events of Jesus’ life in which He showed Himself our Savior. While we pray the Rosary, we pray along with Mary, our wisest teacher in the ways of her Son. The Rosary can be prayed alone and in groups, inside, outside, while walking or sitting. It can be a calming exercise in our daily life and a way for us to know Jesus and His mother Mary. If you have not prayed the Rosary in a while, dig yours out and start anew, even if it’s just a decade. 

October is also Respect Life Month in the Catholic Church in the United States. We are encouraged to give a greater witness to the sacredness of human life from conception to natural death. This is needed more than ever in our country. Once again, we have seen the senseless shooting of many innocent people this week by someone who did not see the dignity of other human beings. More and more, we must learn that violence and killing are not the answers to our problems. The message of the Gospel is one of forgiveness and love in which we do not impose our will on others but seek to do God’s will in everything. Let us pray that this message will be known in our land among all our people and let us pray for those who lost their lives in Las Vegas, those who are wounded and their concerned family and friends. 

May the Lord bless you and protect you! 

Fr. Kitsmiller
Associate Administrator
Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist