National Bullying Prevention Month – By Mary A. DuQuaine

A common goal for parishes and schools is to create a healthy environment where children and families thrive. Preventing bullying is a key element to providing a safe and secure community. There are life-skills and patterns of behavior we can practice in order to strengthen our everyday commitment to healthy relating. When members know and agree to social norms of a loving Christian community, we provide an optimal environment for living, learning, and praying together.
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All Saints – By Lee Ann Lella

It is difficult to go into a store this time of year and not see all the decorations and costumes for Halloween. As Catholics, we clothe ourselves in special ways also, but in the context of the Communion of the Saints. Just as children dress up like a person they would like to be like when they grow up (such as a police officer, firefighter, or doctor), we look to the saints as an example for us in our daily lives.
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Two Saints-One Vision – By June Wessa

October is traditionally known as “Respect Life Month.” We also celebrate the Feasts of two powerful saints during October: Saint Francis of Assisi on October 4 and Saint Theresa of Avila on October 15. How can these two saints enhance our own awareness and celebration of respect for all life?

If any saint could be called an “environmentalist” it would be Saint Francis. He seemed to possess a singular ability to view all of life as sacred and worthy of respect, care, and praise. His “The Canticle of the Creatures” is a magnificently-rich prayer that acknowledges all of creation as “good” and calls to give God praise, honor, and glory:
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