Pastor’s Note 1/12/20

This Sunday the Church celebrates the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Jesus Christ came to John the Baptist to be baptized by John in the Jordan River to mark the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry.  John then pointed to Jesus saying “Behold, the Lamb of God” (Jn 1:36).  After the short period of Christmas, the Church now enters into the new liturgical period, the Ordinary Time.

   Those who participate in the 33 Days to Morning Glory book-based individual retreat, started on December 31st, and want to join the Marian Consecration group on February 2nd, are invited to let me know to help make proper ceremony preparations.  

   As we begin a new decade with 2020, we will start to offering weekly Catholic video sessions.  Variety of topics and titles will be presented.  This second video will be an hour-long The Face of Mercy.  It will be shown on Tuesday, January 14th, at 6:00 pm on the large screen at Father Cotter Hall.  Soup, salad and bread will be served.  We invite suggestions for more movies and/or presentations; please submit your ideas for consideration.

   Several members of the newly formed Divine Mercy Cenacle Prayer and Study group joined a newly created prayer ministry called Divine Mercy Prayer Warriors.  Their mission is to pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy daily in the intention of assisting the people who are dying, the suffering souls in Purgatory, and special intentions requested by the Pastor. Jesus taught St. Faustina the Chaplet prayer, asking her to pray it daily for the dying.  He promised great graces of forgiveness and redemption from even the greatest sins at the moment of death for those being prayed for, as well as for those praying for others, especially to all trusting in God’s Mercy.  (Diary 687, 754, 1541, 1565, 1777;   We invite all families whose loved one is terminally ill or dying to notify the parish office or the Pastor requesting special prayers of the Chaplet by the Prayer Warriors.  Also, anyone willing to join the ministry by promising to pray the Chaplet daily in the intentions mentioned above is invited to let me know.
   Last week with much gratitude we said good-bye to our parish secretary, Annette Fabbiano. She has done a wonderful ministry at the parish office for the past five years. 
   We extend our welcome to a new parish secretary, Kathryn Luppi, who will work part time three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sr. Lucette and Debi McInerney will be covering the parish office, as well as a few very capable parish volunteers. We greatly appreciate their sharing of their time and talents with our parish.The office hours will also be extended to 9-4 pm on Wednesdays and 9-3 pm on Fridays.  Please see the front cover for details. 

Fr. Matt