The Boston Mission Trip Silent Auction and Bake Sale will be held after every Mass on the weekend of Saturday, February 4th through Sunday, February 5th. The Silent Auction will remain open until 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 6, 2023
Returning to Scripture, Galatians 5:22-23 says: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.” There it is. One clear difference between joy and happiness. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. Happiness is not. You can make yourself feel happy. Eat a favorite meal, complete a long-term project, take a nap on a warm summer day in a hammock. Do things like that and you will feel happy.
The New Year provides so much hope and opportunity for us: from getting in shape and changing old, bad habits into newer and better ones; it is a time for us to raise-the-bar of how we are going to live our lives anew, of being better, doing better and seeking better things for us and our families— in finding true joy.
This weekend we shall celebrate the feast of the Nativity of the Lord, Savior of the World, and we look forward to hosting you and your loved ones as we Praise God for the Christmas gift of His Son and the Salvation of the world. As we are returning to a more normal way of life after the Covid Pandemic, that now for most of us it is a flu-like illness, and for those who have underlying health issues we know that we are called to take some additional precautions
We are entering the fourth Sunday in Advent, and from the 16th of December onward the readings at the Masses have moved from the preparation for Christ’s Second Coming, the end days, to the Nativity of the Lord, His birth on Christmas Day and the intersecting of humanity and Divinity. So let us focus on the meaning of the birth of Christ—for us as an individual, as The Church, and for the world.
The Practice or Habitus of Prayer To paraphrase St. Thomas Aquinas, habitus matters. For when we practice something we become better at that something and then we become what we have practice, whether we are taking about a virtue or a vice. When it comes to prayer, there is no time like the present.
“On the last Sunday of the liturgical year, Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. A relative newcomer to the Church calendar — established in the 20th century — this feast is designed to give special recognition to the dominion Christ our Lord has over all aspects of our lives. On the last Sunday of the liturgical year, Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. A relative newcomer to the Church calendar — established in the 20th century — this feast is designed to give special recognition to the dominion Christ our Lord has over all aspects of our lives.
The Catholic Church across the world is one of the largest organizations doing good in the world. In fact, she is the largest private entity providing social outreach to people in need. And she accomplishes this not by means of taxation or by way of conscription, but rather through Charity and Christian volunteerism.
While praying is not limited to a month or any time frame within the Liturgical calendar of the Church, there is something special about November in the Church—with the first day of the month celebrating All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation, and, the second day as All Souls Day, a day to remember coming of Christ into the world. Let us now focus on the reason for this special time of prayer.
Last week’s Lukan Gospel introduced us to a Pharisee and a tax collector as its main characters. This week Luke uses another “sinner,” a chief tax collector named Zacchaeus, to illustrate Jesus’ power to conform one’s will to His Will, changing us for the good. These gospel accounts are good reminders that our Catholic Church/faith is not a country club for the well-heeled, spiritually speaking that is, but rather she is more akin to a MASH—mobile army surgical hospital, which makes our Church a “Mobile Adjust Spiritual Hospital” for sinners.
On becoming a Christian. The Catholic Church provides for a process for those who are not Catholic or have not received all their (7) sacraments, to partake of the Sacraments of Initiation at this time of the year, culminating at the Great Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night.
The 5 p.m. Sunday Mass will no longer be celebrated. Going forward, our weekend Mass schedule will be: Saturday Vigil at 5 pm; Sunday Masses at 8 am and 11 am. Since some may find this news unfortunate, I wish to explain why I came to this decision and how it is in keeping with the Church’s teaching on the celebration of the Mass, liturgically speaking.
“Proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.” These words, which are found in today’s second reading from St. Paul to Timothy, seem to be sage advice for just about anyone today. These holy words direct us on what God calls us to do when we possess the Truth—His Truth
Let us pray for our Nation, the intention of the Blessed Mother Mary who is patron of the United States, as we celebrate the anniversary of our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. We will show our love and veneration to God, Christ and their Mother. Join us on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 12 noon in the Mary Garden (in case of rain we will pray the rosary inside the church at the Mary statue). If you have questions, please contact Maryellen at 860 658 1084.
This Sunday we hear the gospel story (Luke 16: 19-31) of the rich young man, dressed in fine purple linen and “living life well.” Then we hear that his earthly life of privilege ends and it is time for eternal life, which will come to each and everyone one of us. This Sunday’s story begs the question: what am I doing with the time God has allotted to me on this earth?
Join us on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 12 noon in the Mary Garden (in case of rain we will pray the rosary inside the church at the Mary statue). Let us pray for our Nation, the intention of the Blessed Mother Mary who is patron of the United States, as we celebrate the anniversary of our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. We will show our love and veneration to God, Christ and their Mother.
There has been a great deal of coverage on the death of Her Majesty The Queen, and while she was a woman of sacrifice and service in the world and should be remembered and honored, I would like to also note the passing of a more local “Queen,” in our parish community: Mrs. Dorothy Ianzito.
On September 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., our parish will sponsor an activity for every family and individual in our parish that is sure to create an atmosphere of fraternity, one of faith and most assuredly filled with fun—it is the first-ever St. Catherine of Siena Backyard Carnival and Picnic. As pastor, I am offering a personal invitation to one-and-all. I hope you won’t miss out, and to ensure enough food, ice cream, drinks and fried dough, I am asking that you register online, as soon as possible, by going to website www.stcatherine.info.
This Sunday our readings convey a common set of themes, which are the Love of God comprised of Mercy and Forgiveness. In our first reading from the Book of Exodus (Chapter 32), we can extract from it the idea of a “collective Prodigal Son” story, which we will hear in today’s Lukan Gospel. Israel has turned from God and begins to worship idols, a golden calf. This is symbolic of a turning inward or away from God and seeking direction, truth or whatever from earthly, material items: