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2020 Election Novena

Bearing in mind our nation’s challenges and the need for wise, moral, civic leadership, the USCCB is offering an electronic Election Novena to help Catholics form their consciences as they prepare for the upcoming election.

For nine consecutive days, Monday, October 26 through Tuesday, November 3, participants will be encouraged to pray one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for the day’s intention. A closing prayer for elected leaders will be offered on day 10, Wednesday, November 4.  Additionally, you can find even more resources to help you and your community learn more about responding to our call to be faithful citizens.

Election Novena Prayer Intentions Monday, October 26 through Wednesday, November 4
Each day’s intention is followed by one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.

Day One: Monday, October 26
As we prepare for the national & local elections, in the midst of a global pandemic, may our political engagement be guided by our Catholic faith.

Day Two: Tuesday, October 27
In this month of the Holy Rosary, may Our Blessed Mother guide us in confronting racial inequalities and restoring peace in our communities.

Day Three: Wednesday, October 28
May all Americans recall the necessity of dialogue, civility, and humility in this election season.

Day Four: Thursday, October 29
May all people understand the moral and ethical dimensions of political decisions and decide accordingly.

Day Five: Friday, October 30
May voters & elected leaders uphold the dignity of every human life in their political engagement.

Day Six: Saturday, October 31
May Catholics recall all aspects of Catholic social teaching as they consider their votes.

Day Seven: Sunday, November 1
May there be a transformation of politics to focus on the dignity of the human person and the common good.

Day Eight: Monday, November 2
May we keep in mind the gift of religious freedom and our duty to defend and exercise it as faithful citizens.

Day Nine: Tuesday, November 3
Today, as we approach the polls, may we understand & embrace the principles of our faith that guide our political engagement. Closing: Wednesday, November 4 May the leaders elected this week be guided by the Holy Spirit as they fulfill their positions.

Poinsettia Sale

SMM Council of Catholic Women’s
Annual Poinsettia Sale

The Council of Catholic Women invite you to participate in our annual poinsettia fundraiser!  Available varieties are red, red glitter, white and pink, in either 6 ½” or 10” pots.  These are high quality plants from Coweta Greenhouses ready for pickup on December 5, in the church parking lot.

This year, we will not be taking orders in the narthex.

To order online, click here. 

 If you prefer a manual order form, contact Kathy Holcomb.

The last day to order is November 23.  This sale supports the charitable works and operating expenses of SMMCCW.  For more information about the sale, or to get a form, call or text Kathy Holcomb at 513.850.1888 or email

Thank you in advance for supporting our sale!

Respect Life – Catholic Teaching

Live the Gospel of Life
Respect Life Reflection

Twenty-five years ago, Pope St. John Paul II wrote that the Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ saving message to the world (Evangelium vitae 1). In taking on human flesh, dwelling among us, and sacrificing his very life for our redemption, Christ reveals the profound dignity of every human person. This God-given dignity does not change with our stage of life, abilities, level of independence, or any other varying circumstance.

Rather, it is rooted in the permanent fact that each of us is made in the image and likeness of God, created to share in the very life of God himself. The human person is a “manifestation of God in the world, a sign of his presence, a trace of his glory” (EV 34). And we must reflect this truth in how we act and how we treat one another. 

The truth of the Gospel of life is at the foundation of who we are as followers of Christ. In his earthly life, Jesus provided the perfect model for how we are to love our neighbor and live out the Gospel call: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt. 25:40). 

Jesus calls each of us to “care for the other as a person for whom God has made us responsible” (EV 87). The Gospel of life is intrinsic to the whole Christian life and foundational to the decisions we make on a daily basis. For, “the Gospel of God’s love for man, the Gospel of the dignity of the person and the Gospel of life are a single and indivisible Gospel” (EV 2, emphasis added).

In his encyclical on the Gospel of life, Pope St. John Paul II recognizes the full range of threats against human life, from poverty and malnutrition to murder and war. He places particular emphasis, however, on threats to life at its beginning and end—precisely when it is most in need of protection. In modern times, children in their mothers’ wombs and those approaching the end of their lives are certainly among the “least of these” in our world’s estimation. Practices such as abortion and assisted suicide tragically reject the truth that human life is always to be cherished and defended with loving concern. 

As the Church celebrates the 25th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II’s prophetic encyclical, let us reflect on how we personally live out the Gospel: Do I talk about and act towards others as I would talk about and treat Jesus himself? Do I inform myself of the Church’s teachings and engage in the civic arena as first a follower of Christ? Do I support and advocate for laws and policies that protect and defend human life? Do I help pregnant and parenting mothers in need? Am I ready to support a loved one nearing death?

Through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, may Our Lord grant us the grace to truly and courageously live his Gospel of life.

Excerpts from Evangelium vitae, © 1995, Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Scriptural excerpts from Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2020, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. All rights reserved.

Stewardship Reflection for this Sunday

“Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.”
  –   Matthew 22:21

Everything we are and everything we have belongs to God.  We aren’t “owners” of anything, we are merely “stewards” of the gifts God has given each of us.  All God is asking is that we give back a portion of what He gave us.   This is the essence of Stewardship.   God should be our first priority in everything.  All else comes second, especially our money.

Respect Life – Pope Benedict's Prayer for the Unborn

Pope Benedict’s Prayer For the Unborn

Lord Jesus,
 You who faithfully visit and fulfill with your Presence
 the Church and the history of men;
 You who in the miraculous Sacrament of your Body and Blood
 render us participants in divine Life
 and allow us a foretaste of the joy of eternal Life;
 We adore and bless you.

Prostrated before You, source and lover of Life,
 truly present and alive among us, we beg you.

Reawaken in us respect for every unborn life,
 make us capable of seeing in the fruit of the maternal womb
 the miraculous work of the Creator,
 open our hearts to generously welcoming every child
 that comes into life.

Bless all families,
 sanctify the union of spouses,
 render fruitful their love.

Accompany the choices of legislative assemblies
 with the light of your Spirit,
 so that peoples and nations may recognize and respect
 the sacred nature of life, of every human life.

Guide the work of scientists and doctors,
 so that all progress contributes to the integral well-being of the person,
 and no one endures suppression or injustice.

Give creative charity to administrators and economists,
 so they may realize and promote sufficient conditions
 so that young families can serenely embrace
 the birth of new children.

Console the married couples who suffer
 because they are unable to have children
 and in Your goodness provide for them.

Teach us all to care for orphaned or abandoned children,
 so they may experience the warmth of your Charity,
 the consolation of your divine Heart.

Together with Mary, Your Mother, the great believer,
 in whose womb you took on our human nature,
 we wait to receive from You, our Only True Good and Savior,
 the strength to love and serve life,
 in anticipation of living forever in You,
 in communion with the Blessed Trinity.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home Fundraiser

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home Fundraiser

Parishes of the Archdiocese of Atlanta typically support Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home in October each year through their famous raffle and auction/luncheon. This year the raffle and luncheon have been cancelled. The Home, run by the Hawthorne Dominican Sisters, still welcomes patients and gives a loving and understanding atmosphere for many suffering from cancer who have no resources for nursing care. From their website, “In the words of Mother Alphonsa: We must make our guests as comfortable and happy as if their own people had kept them and put them into the very best bedroom. We must love them.” 

The Council of Catholic Women invites you to hear Barbara Ginn, President of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home Auxiliary, on Zoom on Thursday, October 22, at 7pm, and to donate to OLPH using the button below.  The first 10 people to donate using the form will have an exclusive door prize delivered to their door with our thanks.

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