Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
Each and every day our "Give Us This Day" booklet that many of our parishioners subscribe to and read, contains a short biography of a person who has been a great "Ambassador" for Christ in their life.  It is sometimes a declared saint or it may be a lay person, priest, or religious who led an exemplary life and has departed this world.  Some of these people are "far out there" in terms of where they lived and/or when they lived which can make it, in some ways, challenging for us to connect with them.  Not so, however, when it comes to Blessed Stanley Rother, who was recently beatified.  He was a priest of the Oklahoma Archdiocese and he lived in a time that parallels more than a few of our parishioners, being born in 1935.

We have the opportunity to connect even more closely with this contemporary witness to Christ (who died as a martyr) by coming to a presentation by our own bishop, Anthony Taylor, who knew Father Rother and who, as a priest of Oklahoma City, was given the charge to investigate Father Rother's life and ministry by interviewing people in Guatemala who knew Father Rother before he was martyred there in 1981.

Bishop Taylor's presentation will be on Friday, October 27 starting with a meal provided by our Knights of Columbus at 5:00 p.m.  The presentation will be both video and through a talk about Father Rother from our bishop.  Please plan to join us and sign up to do so on the table in the narthex by Monday, October 23 or call the Church at 922-2062, extension 10, and let Linda Daniels know you are coming.

I appreciate the bishop's willingness to give us some of his valuable time to help us connect with Blessed Stanley with information about his remarkable life and hopefully in the future by asking for his intercession for our various needs.