In January, Kepha volunteered at Birth Choice’s Hope for the World fundraiser. The event is the crisis pregnancy center’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and this year they had as guest speaker Raymond Cardinal Burke, then Patron of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta.
Members of the St. Peter Chapter assisted with setup for the dinner, ran check-in for benefactors, and helped in other odd jobs throughout the night. The greatest benefit for the Kephans was to listen to Cardinal Burke, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Canon Law and an outspoken defender of the sanctity of marriage, of the family, and of life.
The Kephans also got to spend some time with some of the Dallas seminarians who were able to make it for the event. It is always a great encouragement to see strong young men giving up their lives to the service of God.
Kepha is rolling into high gear to prepare for the Chastity Retreat this month. You don’t want to miss it!
To participate in the March for Life activities across the country in memory of Roe v. Wade, Kepha will pray outside the Planned Parenthood in Plano on January 14, starting at 9am. We will be participating in the prayer vigil already being held there.
Parking is available next to Fry’s Electronics on Executive Drive. Please bring a rosary.
Letting go of Injuries on “Father, Forgive Them” Retreat
A total of 13 men and boys joined the St Peter Chapter for the last Kepha retreat of the year. The “Father, Forgive Them” retreat on November 19-20 did not just mark the end of a calendar year for Kepha, or even the end of the liturgical year with the feast of Christ the King. This retreat also completed the Year of Mercy, during which Kephans have been meditating on the Spiritual Works of Mercy. “Forgive injuries” was the last of these works to be covered over the course of three retreats in 2016.
The guest speaker at the retreat was Fr. James Oberle, PSS. Fr. Oberle is an affiliate assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas. He joined the Kephans after 8am Mass at St Mark the Evangelist in Plano, TX, to speak on 12 steps to forgiveness. We must consider what wrong was done us and what our involvement with it was. Forgiveness is not a instantaneous event; to truly forgive another one must take time to truly understand what we are forgiving and to pray and ask God’s help.
Last month, four Kephans volunteered at Birth Choice Dallas for the St. Peter Chapter monthly work day. The Kephans cleaned the facility, prayed morning prayers in the chapel, and prayed a rosary outside the abortion center next door.