Happy Weekend My Friends,
Here we are at the final weekend of September leading us into the midst of autumn and the month of October. October is a colossal month for celebrating our faith, Our Lady, Respect Life and the Holy Rosary. A bonanza of saintly celebrations commences the very first day of the month with the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux. The Feast of Our Guardian Angels on October 2nd, St. Francis of Assisi on October 4th and St. Faustina of the Divine Mercy on October 5th. The following week of October 7th begins with the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary.
At Joseph’s House these celebrations all have special meanings since all the titles of October and the saints mentioned above have been key components in the history and growth of our mission. Historically, we closed on the purchase of our home on October 15th, 2013 on the Feast Day of St. Theresa of Avila, another saint who has deep roots in the history of Joseph’s House. We have been blessed throughout the years in the month of October with gifts from God as special tours, visits and events held in our home have been the catalysts for securing large gifts and blessings insuring the life of our mission for years to come.
As this is the month of Respect Life and Joseph’s House is a most important Respect Life ministry, October has always included invitations to share our story with others through numerous Baby Bottle Drives in churches as well as speaking about the joy of our work to students and adults from catholic schools and more secular missions as well. These speaking opportunities give us the ability to share the sufferings and triumphs of our moms and children with others, as well as the miracle stories of successes of our moms and our mission that seem to make even those who may consider themselves pro-choice and or not religious, ponder the possibility, God truly does exist.
October and Respect Life Month also include the 40 Days for Life Campaigns nationally and here in Syracuse NY. You may not know the first legal abortion in the country took place in Syracuse NY in July of 1970, making our city of great historical significance to the abortion industry. Jeannie Owens and Shannon Guy, the leaders of our local campaign, have played an important role in the existence of Joseph’s House as their prayers have always included a home like ours for those wanting to choose life for their unborn children. Through Jeanie and Shannon’s work and the support of many good lay people and priests, most especially, Monseigneur Eugene Yennock, the local 40 Days campaigns have grown and become more visible. Praying the Rosary in front of Planned Parenthood has been life-changing in the fight to preserve the sanctity of life in our city and has led to the most unsuspecting souls finding their purpose in life is simply to pray and be present in this spot thus saving the lives of others. There is no greater gift in the world than learning your prayers, words, or actions are responsible for saving the life of an innocent child and saving the soul of a young mother.
Joseph’s House is forever grateful to all the saints, most especially, Our Lady of the Rosary for the immense impact they have had on the founding and sustaining of our ministry. We are forever grateful to those sent to us through the intercessions of these most glorious servants of God and the countless rosaries prayed by so many for so very long at Planned Parenthood. There are others whom have prayed for years in their homes, at churches and in prayer ministries so that a home like ours would be built to save God’s most defenseless and angelic unborn children. Those prayers have led to the saving of 55 newborn children at Joseph’s House in the past five and a half years and so we ask you to consider taking an hour to pray at home or perhaps going to Planned Parenthood where your presence would be the manifestation of God’s love, mercy and hope outside this den of deceit, death and misery. Your presence there simply praying silently, may be the inspiration for the saving of a most innocent child and the saving of a most vulnerable soul, both chosen to live here on earth at this time in this place by Our Father in Heaven. Let us all say yes to this invitation and help our Lord and Our Lady save lives. Hope to see you there! God Bless you my friends.
Love & Prayers,