Bishop Barres Invites All to Pray for Abuse Survivors and Church Reform

Image result for images of bishop barresBishop John Barres is calling on all the faithful of the Diocese of Rockville Centre to join him in prayer, fasting and abstinence next week “for survivors of abuse and to pray for the reform, purification and sanctification of the Church in all areas and in all of her members.”

In a letter sent to all priests of the diocese on September 6, Bishop Barres said that the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on Friday, September 14 and the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15, present a unique opportunity  for such prayer and fasting.

On Friday, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Bishop Barres will engage in prayer, fasting and abstinence in reparation for the sins of abuse and for the intention of prayer for the survivors of abuse. “The Good Friday experience of fast and abstinence is an exemplary practice and one very appropriate for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.”

He invites all bishops, priests, deacons, religious and lay people in the Diocese who are able, to join him in this commitment.

On Saturday, September 15, the bishop asks all Catholics to pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary for these intentions, focusing on the Fifth Mystery, the Crucifixion.  He invites everyone “to meditate on Our Lady of Sorrow at the Foot of the Cross interceding for survivors of abuse and interceding for the reform, purification and sanctification of the Church we love.”

In addition, parishes have been asked to organize specific initiatives, such as Holy Hours and communal prayer, on these days.

(Article from The Long Island Catholic)



50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae

Fifty years ago, on July 25, 1968, Pope Paul VI issued an Encyclical Letter entitled Humanae Vitae, “On Human Life”. On October 14, 2018, Pope Francis will canonize his predecessor as Pope Saint Paul VI.

In this anniversary year, Bishop John O. Barres of the Diocese of Rockville Centre has issued a Pastoral Letter entitled The Supreme Gift: The Gift of Life, commemorating the encyclical of this soon-to-be-canonized saint. This teaching of the late Holy Father is in many ways more important today than at any time before.

In his letter, Bishop Barres wants to teach the people of the diocese the important truths of Humanae Vitae, because these truths very much need to be reexamined today in light of the problems we face in our time.

To read the full letter from Bishop Barres, The Supreme Gift: The Gift of Life, please click this link.

To read a summary Bishop Barres' letter, please click here.

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