Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

To all our parishioners and dear friends of our parish community…Praised be Jesus Christ!  Now and Forever! 

 

It is Labor Day Weekend, the last of Summer’s holidays, as well as it is the beginning of a new school year.  The Labor Day holiday is late this year, everyone’s Autumn calendar is back in swing.

 

 Where has Summer gone?  I do hope that you had a chance to enjoy a few weeks of Summer relaxation and renewal.  As you know, I was able to spend my Summer Vacation in Poland and in the southern region of Calabria Italy. 

 

Last Sunday, I was able to be in Czestochowa, Poland, and the beautiful and historic shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Queen of Poland.  This monastery chapel houses the Icon of Our Lady which is under the protection of the Pauline Father and Brothers on Jasna Gora, or Bright Hill.  It is the “Spiritual Capital of Poland.” 

 

I prayed for you and for our parish during my last Sunday in Poland.  So, in essence, I always leave Poland with my “spiritual batteries” recharged for another year! 

 

In this Year of the Priest given to the Church by Pope Benedict XVI, this is most important and I am most grateful to the “Mother of the Church”, Our Blessed Mother, known as Our Lady of Czestochowa.  I was happy to spend time with Fr. Zbigniew Zielinski and to have once again the opportunity to travel with him to Krakow, the Shrine of the Divine Mercy at the Convent of St. Faustina Kowalska in Lagiewniki, to Wadowice, the birthplace of the Servant of God, Pope John Paul II and to the Shrine of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, and in particular the Shrine at Lesniow, dedicated to the protection of family life. 

 

In both Poland and Italy the food is fantastic!  It was great to relax in the warm Italian sun by the Mediterrean Sea.  So, with mind, soul and body renewed, let’s begin these latter Summer days anew in Christ.

 

As you must know, Bishop Michael R. Cote, D.D., has called upon all parishes in the Diocese of Norwich to eliminate the Sign of Peace and Distribution of the Precious Blood at all Masses until further notice.  This practice takes place this weekend as an attempt to combat the spreading of all Flu Viruses.  Please be respectful of the Bishop’s decision on this matter and we ask for your cooperation with these new liturgical norms for our diocese.

 

I invite YOU to begin Labor Day 2009 by first attending Holy Mass at 8:00 Am in the chapel.  The new entrance ramp looks great makes it much more convenient for entrance and exit into the Chapel.  I thank all who worked so hard to make the dream of a safer entrance a reality.  God Bless your labors! 

 

Finally, let us commend all our works this Summer, to the intercession of St. Joseph, Patron of Workers.  St. Joseph the Worker, Pray for Us!

 

                                                                              Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day!!! 

                                                                                                                           Father Jim 
                                                                                       SaintJohnChurchMiddletown.com

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