Catholic Courier 11 01 2017 E Edition Page 2

Catholic Courier Diocese of Rochester, NY November 2017 From theBishop 2 Table of contents On the cover This statue is part of the Greater Roch- ester Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Rochester's Highland Park. See pages 6-7 for local veterans' reflections on the war. (Courier photo by Jeff Witherow) Puerto Rico in crisis Needs continue in hurricane's wake - 4 Euthanasia decried Speaker says all people have worth - 8 Praying for the police Liturgy honors law enforcement - 10-11 Christmas Appeal kicks off Funds aid those in financial crisis - 14 Deepening one's faith 'Life-changing' Cursillo notes 50th - 16 The story of a nation Memoir paints a picture of Syria - 17 Countdown to Christmas Calendar features multimedia treats - 17 Going live from NCYC Paper plans special coverage - 18 Prizes offered for creativity Photo, coloring contests begin - 19 Bishop SalvatoreR. Matano From the Bishop My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, During this month of November, the church par- ticularly draws our atten- tion to our deceased loved ones and asks that we unite in praying that the Lord grant to them eternal peace and eternal life in His abiding presence. We especially bring to prayer those whose lives were lost in storms, fires, natural di- sasters and incredible acts of violence and inhumani- ty. We pray for their loved ones who mourn their loss with these consoling words of Holy Scripture: "The souls of the just are in the hands of God, and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace" (Book of Wisdom 3:1). During this same month we also gather with fam- ilies and friends to cele- brate Thanksgiving. I am so very grateful for your generosity and prayers extended to our sisters and brothers devastated by the storms, hurricanes and earthquakes that have struck in so many places, each day bringing another sad occurrence creating a litany of suffering. You have responded so gener- ously. I am truly thankful for your ongoing prayers and efforts to work for peace in a world grown so vi- olent and forgetting the words of Jesus Himself: "I give you a new command- ment: Love one another. Such as my love has been for you, so must your love Receive Jesus in sorrow, joy be for each other" (John 13:34). But I believe you have taken these words to heart in our homes, par- ishes, schools, religious education programs and communities. I am grateful for the many outreach ministries to those coming to our shores to build a new life, many seeking refuge from persecution and severe hardship, and recogniz- ing in them the person of Jesus. "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, na- ked and you clothed me, in prison and you visited me Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me" (Matthew 25:35-36; 40). As we celebrate the Year of the Eucharist in concert with the 150th anniversa- ry of the foundation of our Diocese, I am extremely thankful for the response, once again, of our parish- es, schools, religious edu- cation programs and apos- tolates for their initiatives to promote a renewed de- votion to Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament and the attention we give to the reverent celebra- tion of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Continued on page 18

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