June 29th: Feast of SS. Peter & Paul

Lord our God, encourage us through the prayers of Saints Peter and Paul. May the apostles who strengthened the faith of the infant Church help us on our way of salvation. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Bishops' Latest Stem Cell Statement

WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 16, 2008 (Zenit.org). - U.S. bishops noted that stem cell research has captured the imagination of many in our society, but affirmed that the deliberate killing of innocent human beings is gravely immoral.

The prelates addressed the controversy surrounding embryonic stem cell research in a statement approved at their spring meeting.The bishops first explained what stem cells are and why they have generated so much interest in the scientific community.

"Scientists hope these biological building blocks can be directed to produce many types of cells to repair the human body, cure disease, and alleviate suffering," they noted. "But some scientists are most intrigued by stem cells obtained by destroying an embryonic human being in the first week or so of development. Harvesting these 'embryonic stem cells' involves the deliberate killing of innocent human beings, a gravely immoral act."


Oh No, Not Again!!

Thirteen times in sixteen years... I think I have it down to a science by now. Should I call the process "MOVEOLOGY"? In the past I have stated that perhaps they should give me stock in U-Haul since I keep them in business.

Seriously though, these moves really call me to re-examine what I possess in this life and what really means something. People are truly generous to me. I thank God for them. Unfortunately, I can easily fall victim to materialism and I am fully aware of that while in this process.

This past week I started getting rid of those things that I haven't used for sometime. Boy, what a weight off my shoulders! ( Not to mention off the U-Haul.) I must say have been good at giving things away to others and to the impending Garage Sale this weekend at Saint Ann. What I have left seems to be dramatically reduced from what I started with when I came here.

However, I cannot fool myself into believing that I will not suffer from the same ailment in the future. Building those silos and barns to house our belongings only traps us from the real important things in life. (Check out Barn-Building.)

I ask for your prayers so that I can be judicious with my duties of what to keep and what to rid myself of in the coming days.


A Father's Day Prayer

Let us praise those fathers
who have striven to balance the
demands of work, marriage, and children
with an honest awareness of both joy and sacrifice.

Let us praise those fathers who,
lacking a good model for a father,
have worked to become a good father.

Let us praise those fathers who
by their own account
were not always there for their children,
but who continue to offer those children,
now grown, their love and support.

Let us pray for those fathers who
have been wounded by the neglect
and hostility of their children.

Let us praise those fathers who,
despite divorce, have remained in their children's lives.

Let us praise those fathers whose children are adopted,
and whose love and support has offered healing.

Let us praise those fathers who,
as stepfathers, freely choose the obligation of fatherhood
and earned their step children's love and respect.

Let us praise those fathers who
have lost a child to death,
and continue to hold the child in their heart.

Let us praise those men who have no children,
but cherish the next generation as if they were their own.

Let us praise those men who have "fathered" us
in their role as mentors and guides.

Let us praise those men who
are about to become fathers;
may they openly delight in their children.

And let us praise those fathers who have died,
but live on in our memory and
whose love continues to nurture us.
Kirk Loadman


Where Is McAdoo?

Church of All Saints, McAdoo
This past week I received a new assignment as pastor of All Saints Parish in McAdoo. One can say that I am the founding pastor, since it is part of the consolidation process that the Diocese of Allentown is undergoing. The Catholics of three towns (McAdoo, Tresckow and Keylares) will come together to form this new parish as of July 15, 2008. It will be located at the former Saint Patrick site. I ask for your prayers for all those affected by the closures in our diocese. By the way, McAdoo is four miles south of Hazleton, Pennsylvania.