A Lenten Message from Bishop Kemme

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This week,  we began the season of Lent. Lent is the church's primary penitential season, a 40-day period of more intense prayer, focused fasting and increased charity or almsgiving. These efforts are designed to help us deepen our spiritual lives as we prepare to celebrate the Paschal mystery of the Lord's saving passion, death, and resurrection, which we will celebrate at Lent's conclusion during Holy Week and Easter.

The mark of ashes we received on Ash Wednesday is an outward sign of our interior desire and need to die to ourselves so that Christ, the Risen One, will live more fully in us, in order that his presence will be more visible in our world. Jesus invited us in the Gospel "to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him." Lent encourages and challenges us to do this more thoroughly and effectively. Because of this, these 40 days are a gift, for which we can and should be ever grateful.

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Bishop Kemme Praying for Orlando Community

Bishop Carl A. Kemme is offering his prayers today for the community of Orlando, Florida, and the victims, families, first responders, and medical personnel whose lives have been forever changed by the shootings yesterday. "May God, in his infinite mercy, and the prayers of those in our diocese, bring comfort to those who have, and are, suffering from this crime against the dignity of humanity."

Bishop Kemme on terrorism in Paris

Once again the evil of terrorism has reared its ugly head.  I join with all the men and women of good will throughout the world to condemn the recent attacks against innocent people in Paris, France.  Along with them, I add my own prayers for the victims, their families and their communities.  

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Defunding Planned Parenthood

The revelation that Planned Parenthood has allegedly been in the business of selling the body parts of aborted babies leaves decent, moral and faith filled people shocked, horrified and speechless.

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Be calm about Supreme Court's upcoming decision

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Last week I joined most of the bishops of the United States in our annual spring meeting in St. Louis. These meetings are important gatherings of the bishops of our episcopal conference. During our meetings we are updated on many of the issues the Church is facing here in our country and around the world. 

We have been told that the Supreme Court will likely rule on the issue of the states’ authority to legalize same sex domestic partnerships by the end of June and while I am a hopeful person, I join the many in our episcopal conference in fearing the worst, namely that the Supreme Court will side in favor of the legal status of same sex domestic partnerships. Such a ruling will have profound consequences in our country that will go far beyond what most of us can even predict. Questions as to how this will affect us as a church are likely to arise.

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