1985 Sept 22 – 25th Sun Ord Time (Bulletin Letters)
The next week will be a very busy one for those working on the rural crisis in Harrison County. There are three events I want to draw your attention to and ask for your prayers and support:
1) Press Conference Announcing Intended Direct Non-violent Intervention on behalf of Bob and Teresa Sullivan
On Tuesday, September 24th, Fr. Tom Coenen, Msgr. Paul Connelly, Fr. Frank Cordaro and Fr. Tom “Tank” DeCarlo will hold a press conference in front of the Federal Court House in Council Bluffs at 6th and Broadway at 11 a.m. to announce their intention to “put our bodies in between the Sullivan’s Farm homestead and the law that would take it away.” The entire statement by the priests is attached to this week’s bulletin. I ask you to read it carefully so that you will be informed of what and why we are taking this drastic measure. Your prayers, support and feedback are most welcome.
2) Overnight to Explore Means of Direct Action at Force Farm Sales
Starting Wednesday, September 25th at 5 p.m. at the St. Thomas More Center for All Seasons there will be an overnight for those interested in exploring love based, faith centered direct non-violent means of intervention at forced farm and farm equipment sales. This gathering will continue until 5 p.m. the next day, Thursday, September 26th.
3) Prayer Vigil at Harrison County Court House before Sheriff Farm Sales
On Friday, September 27th at 8:30 a.m. on the east side of the Harrison County Court House in Logan, there will be a prayer vigil for those suffering in Harrison County from the Rural Crisis. The Harrison County Farm Crisis Committee is organizing the vigil. Crosses will be placed in the lawn for each farm and business that has been lost in Harrison County over the last five years. At 9 a.m. there will be a Sheriff’s Farm Sale. The Heistand Family Farm in Woodbine is scheduled to be sold. The Harrison County Farm Crisis Committee plans to hold a vigil at the Court House when Sheriff sales are scheduled. There are three more scheduled for the month of October.
Lay the prayers on heavy this week. We’re taking bold stands to save our communities.