Pastor’s Reflection for September 10, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

This Thursday, September 14, we celebrate the Exaltation of the Cross. As a tree in the garden was the downfall of our human race, the tree of the cross is the means of our salvation. As the blood on the wood of the door post saved the first born of the Hebrew boys from the angel of death, the blood of Jesus on the cross saves us from eternal death. The obedience of Jesus in dying on the cross destroys the power of death and is the ransom price for our salvation. The cross is the sign of God’s eternal love and His mercy to us. We adore You O Christ and we bless You for by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world. I would encourage all to have a crucifix in your homes as a reminder as to the cost of our salvation, the love of God for us and how our own sins contribute to the reason of Jesus dying on the cross.

I bring to your attention that the co-chairman of our Parish Finance Committee, Michael Profenno, will be speaking at all the Masses next weekend. You can see Michael’s notice on page 5 in this week’s bulletin.

I also wish to inform you that the parish is welcoming Kate Chandler as one who will be available for Spiritual Direction. You may read her notice on page 5 in this week’s bulletin.

Next weekend, there will be a special collection to benefit the health and retirement needs of the priests of the Archdiocese of Boston.  I thank you in advance for your generosity.

For your information, the fruit tree near the entrance to the rectory had some work done to remove dead branches that were a potential safety hazard. This tree has been here since the construction of the new Church 37 years ago.

In our CCD program, we welcome Mrs. Sophia Griffin who will be leading our 1st Grade program and coordinating the adult portion of our First Communion program. Mrs. Elizabeth Collins will continue to teach the 2nd Grade First Communion students.

I will be available for confession this week on Monday, September 11, from 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,