Sunday, September 30th Masses as usual!!!
Rest In Peace
Michael Murphy, husband of Bea Murphy
Winifred Dromgoole of Sherburne
Bertha Koliander of Johnson City
Betty Minehan, mother of Fr Minehan
Karen McGann, Pastoral Worker in Pittsburgh
Us Find Deaf Children
Educating our children is most important. What about their religious education?
That is also very important. It is our new
challenge to find deaf children who are not receiving what they should.
If you have deaf children please let us know. We will be happy to help.
If you know of other families with deaf
children, tell them we are here for them. Help us to pass on our precious
Deaf Youth On The Go
Matthew and Holly Cutler from Rome,
NY, are the representatives of the
Catholic Deaf Community on the
Diocesan Youth Council. They are both
always on the go! Did you see their
picture in The Catholic Sun? It was
taken during the Youth Fest in early
August. The picture on the left is from their induction into the Youth
Council last November..
This summer Holly was able to travel
to a special program in
Steubenville, Ohio. Matthew
spent a month in Michigan as a
counselor at the Catholic Deaf Camp
there. Then both spent a week at Camp
Mark Seven at a program focused on
learning more about their Catholic Faith.
Now they are looking forward
to representing us at the
National Catholic Youth
Conference. They are working
hard on raising money for the trip.
If you would like to buy a 'Share" in their
trip, they would be happy to invite you to
a 'Dessert & Chat" about their
Share the Experience
Buy a Share...Donation $15
Yes, I would like to buy a share and experience the National
Youth Conference through supporting Matthew and Holly.
I will be invited to a 'Dessert & Chat' after they
Please send to: The Catholic Deaf Community
1119 Elm Street
Utica NY 13501
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MERCY MERCY MERCY
by Fr Pete Williams
The tragic attacks on New York City and Washington have troubled us all
deeply. Many people are still feeling shocked, sick to their stomachs, and
a heavy sadness. It is normal and OK for people to feel that way, for this
is how normal people face tragedy. This is part of what it means to grieve.
We all feel broken at this time. It is because we are able to love and to
have joy that we also have the ability to grieve the death of others. It
is called compassion, and it is good.
Some people are trying to tell us why this happened. Some people say "we
are being punished because of sin in our country, because of abortion, liberal
feminists, homosexuals,...they make God mad." Such people are trying to tell
us GOD did this thing, or purposely allowed it to happen, because of our
lack of faith. I say NO to this! GOD DOES NOT PLAN THE TRAGIC MURDER OF PEOPLE.
NO! NO! NO! Shame on anyone who would connect the name of God with such
a thing. Shame! Don't say such a thing in my presence, I won't tolerate
Yes, we all sin. Our country, and all countries on earth commit serious
sin. When we sin, it hurts ourselves and others. In that sense, every human
being is in some way responsible when bad things happen in the world, such
as war, violence, and hatred. But sin does not cause hurricanes, volcanos,
and tidal waves. They happen to people whether the people are good or bad.
Don't look for a punishing God in these things.
The readings in church on the 24th Sunday in
Ordinary Time proclaim the mercy of God. God can judge us, and punish
us, God has the right and the power to do that, but again and again, we
see that God chooses NOT to punish us. God's blessings fall on the good
and the bad. You can find passages in the bible that seem to say God punishes
bad people, but you can also read the book of JOB in the Bible. The book
of JOB in the Old Testament explains that suffering can happen for NO REASON,
even if you are good, and JOB was a good man. Jesus criticized people who
said people are punished in this life for their sins, with poverty, sickness,
war, famine, and earthquakes. Jesus said that idea is a bunch of baloney.
God has MERCY on us.
What kind of parent would correct his children by killing one of them??
God is not like that. I feel sorry for people who believes in a God that
wants to punish and kill people. These people believe a lie about God.
Then, if God did not cause the sad thing that happened to our country,
then what is God doing? Why did God let it happen. No one knows any answers
to this. No one.
What we do know is that we have a loving God. Whenever there is tragedy,
GRACE is there, the love of God in action, present to us and very powerful.
That Grace is with us everyday, if we see it. It was especially with us last
What are the signs of God's grace? People risking their lives to save
others. People donating money and time to help. People respecting each other,
and criticizing people who try to blame others sins for all this. All of
that good stuff is a sure sign of grace. Many people are saying not to
blame Muslim people and Arab people. That tolerant attitude is God's grace
WEB SITES to help you cope with the September 11th Tragedy:
http://SESAMEworkshop.org (for children)
www.nfcym.org (for teens)
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