The Supreme Court Decision regarding abortion on Friday, June 24th is a watershed moment for our country. I have my strong opinion on abortion out of my own experience of hearing stories during my thirty-one years of ministry from women who regretted many years later that they chose to terminate their pregnancy. When the decision last Friday became public, I was glad, but cautious. Glad because I believe it took a great deal of courage for the Supreme Court justices to make what they believe was the right decision. I am cautious because I know what the fallout will be.
I pray for our country every day. We are divided on so many issues and the way we live that there, at times, appears to be no middle ground. It is often in the middle ground that struggle takes place and where sound reasoning can evolve. I would never advocate the use of abortion, but I believe that from my experience with this issue that manipulation and convenience often override the long-term effects of the procedure. It has been my experience with the women who have shared their story that the abortion never goes away in one’s mind. This is something that you deal with throughout one’s life. That’s sad because of the countless number of abortions over the last fifty years. With the number of women, I have heard from on this issue, almost all have said they wish they had known more about what the future would be like carrying the thought of their abortion and not being able to carry their own child.
I know this is a heated issue in our country. All you have to do is watch the news, go on social media, or start a conversation about the topic. Abortion carries a great deal of political and religious weight. Of course, there was going to be a call for protests and possible rioting in the streets. It seems like that is the trend over the last decade. If you do not like what transpires in life, go to the streets. Catholic churches are a prime target for these kinds of protests. To prepare ourselves, I have talked with law enforcement and we are creating a “safety ministry” and will be speaking with our ushers and liturgical ministers soon. If you can offer us any assistance in this area, please sign up in the Gathering Area. We can also use more ushers at all three weekend Masses. If you can commit yourself to help us in this ministry, please sign-up in the Gathering Area or call the Parish Office.
We have asked the Kirtland police to be present on our grounds during our weekend Masses. We are also asking all parishioners to use the main doors of the church to enter and leave when attending Mass. The Eucharistic chapel will be locked from the outside door at night. Adoration will still take place on Mondays.