My Dear Friends in Christ,
It has come to my attention, from a devout parishioner, that there will be a fortune teller sponsored by Shop Rite of Clinton on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of all days! I think this is more than coincidence but a truly gross act of anti-Catholicism. Going to mediums, fortune tellers and playing with Ouija boards are a direct opposition to our faith and a grave matter for confession. As your pastor, I would be remiss not to warn of the severity of such a thing.
Please pray for the conversion of this medium who is attempting to contact the dead and that the Clinton Shop Rite would decline to sponsor this event. As Catholics, we pray for the dead, that they rest in peace, that their time in purgatory is short. We do not conjure up their spirits. Sacred Scripture condemns all sorts of occultism. It violates the First Commandment, "I am the Lord Your God, you shall have not any strange gods before me." Here are some of the scripture references; Exodus 22:18, Deuteronomy 18:9-12, Galatians 5:19-21, and Revelation 21:8 to mention a few.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church deals with the violation of the first commandment, specifically fortune tellers in paragraph 2116. It states: "All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to 'unveil' the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect and loving fear that we owe to God alone."
Let us pray to Almighty God through the intercession of Our Lady, who constantly shows us the way back to her Son, that we may remain steadfast in our faith, and strong in our witness to Christ our Lord.