Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

My dear parishioners and friends of our parish community:  Praised be Jesus Christ!  Now and forever! 

The Annual Summer Mission Co-Op Collection will be taking place here at St. John Parish next weekend, September 6 and 7, 2008.

 This is an important collection for the missionary efforts of the Catholic Church around the world.  This year, we will welcome to St. John Parish, Father Gerry Kirby, who will speak at all of our weekend Masses on September 6 and 7th on behalf of Hospice St. Joseph, located in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  You can read the bulletin article about Hospice St. Joseph below on this page.  Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. 

 Father Gerry is a priest of the Diocese of Norwich.  He is no stranger to Middletown!  He served St. John Parish as Parochial Vicar and as Pastor of Notre Dame Parish, in Durham.  Father Gerry and I both grew up in the city of Norwich, CT.  He belonged to St. Mary Parish in Norwich and I to St. Joseph Parish, Norwich and graduated from St. Bernard High School in Uncasville, CT. 

 Father Gerry served the poorest of the poor in Haiti while at the Norwich Diocesan Mission House located in Port-au-Prince. Please join in welcoming Father Gerry to St. John’s as he makes this Mission Co-Op Appeal next weekend.  Please be most generous to this Summer’s Mission Co-Op Collection.  God reward your goodness and generosity to the poor of Haiti.                                                                                                   

                                                                                              Summer Blessings to you all! 
                                                                                                             Always, Father Jim 

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