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July 20, 2021, Tuesday, 16th Week of the Year

Special needs evoke special support

On this day in 1968, the first Special Olympics took place in Chicago. It was the brainchild of Eunice Kennedy Shriver—devout Catholic, sister of President John F. Kennedy, and tireless advocate for people with intellectual disabilities. Shriver’s husband, Sargent Shriver—as a Knight of Columbus—encouraged the Knights to support the cause, not only of Special Olympics but of what’s become the Knights’ annual Tootsie Roll Drive to raise funds for people with intellectual disabilities. Visit the National Catholic Partnership on Disability to become a better advocate for people with disabilities and their families.

Today’s readings: Exodus 14:21—15:1; Matthew 12:46-50 (396).

“Whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

Prepare the Word

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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