To all our parishioners and dear friends of our parish community…Praised be Jesus Christ! Now and Forever!
The Autumn month of October has begun. Here in New England October brings vivid colorful leaves!
This first weekend in October is always RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY and indeed, the Catholic Church gives us this whole month as “Respect Life Month.” This is a very important call for the very difficult times in which we are living.
An important question for any one of us today is: “Do I, as a committed Christian, respect all human life from conception to natural death as God-given?” Or are we easily mislead into the culture of death? The Church remains committed to LIFE!
In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that the bond of marriage is a holy one. The holiness of the sacred union between a man and a woman is often overlooked or discounted in our modern world. Day after day we witness couples struggling in their relationships. Sometimes they choose to sever that bond rather than do the hard work required to restore it.
As Catholics, we celebrate marriage as a sacrament, acknowledging Jesus’ words, “The two shall become one flesh…therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” Let us pray today for couples who are preparing for or entering into the Sacrament of Marriage. Let us pray that they will find the help to strengthen their holy bond.
October 4th is celebrated in the Catholic Church as the Feastday of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis had a particular love for all of God’s creation and all God’s creatures. He remains one of the best known and most beloved saints in Heaven. A very popular and growing practice is the beautiful rite of “The Blessing of Animals.” I am most happy to do this for all of you at St. John’s THIS SUNDAY, October 4th, beginning at 12:00 Noon, at the garden of St. Francis on the rectory lawn. Please make sure your pets are on a leash. All are welcome! Hope to see you and your pet there!
October 5th marks my third anniversary of appointment as Pastor at St. John Church. Recently, I met with Bishop Cote, who has decided to transfer me to another parish. By mid-October, 2009, I will be moving to St. Matthew Parish in Tolland, CT.
I am grateful to have had the opportunity to have been your pastor here at St. John’s these past few years. If I have done a good job here, or have failed you in some way, time will judge before Almighty God. In this special Year of the Priest, please pray for me and all parish priests. Thank YOU for letting me be a small part of your life and work here at St. John’s.
Blessings on this beautiful Autumn Sunday!