Pastor’s Desk – Month of June 2022

Jun 19, 2022 | Pastors Desk

A Message from Father Peter

June 19th 2022 – Father’s Day Novena of Masses

The Novena of Masses gives us the advantage of knowing that our dads and granddads are being remembered at Masses even if we are not there with them. This is particularly pertinent today when so many of us are so busy – too busy as a matter of fact! If we are fortunate enough to have our dad (or granddad) present with us be sure to make that extra effort to point out one or two of his finer points of character and dedication. Don’t wait for the eulogy slot at his funeral Mass to share those kind words. Do it this time around – you will never regret it! Dad needs to hear it now!

It’s not too late to enroll your dad or granddad in the Father’s Day Novena of Masses. Envelopes are available in the lobbies of the church. Make an appropriate offering, fill in the family names, and deposit it in the box in the main lobby, the collection basket, or bring it to the rectory.

June 12th 2022 – The Solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity

It was a joyful occasion and even surpassed our expectations!

I’m referring to the Pentecost Party for our Starfish Coffee House Young Adults group. We usually refer to Pentecost as a liturgical feast and it was certainly that and much more! We needed to replicate naturally the joy of the apostles and others at that first Pentecost. And we did experience our full numbers once again! More than 40 young people came together to celebrate their unity, common journey of faith, and hopes for the future. 

Do you know any Catholic young adults? Tell them about our ministry and the coffee house. We will see that they’ll feel “at home.” We still have two potential weddings; truly good fruit of our coffee house. Very special thanks to Kelly McGuiness and Jocelyn Russo for their leadership, time, and energy on behalf of the Starfish Coffee House young adult ministry and this terrific party.

June 5th 2022 – Pentecost Sunday 

On the evening of May 24 we held an unusual meeting of our Pastoral Council. Under Neil Coscio’s guidance we reviewed all the questionnaires we sent out to elicit the opinions of our parishioners regarding parish life and activities, with the qualities of accountability and transparency highlighted. This is our parish-level moment of participation in the Synod on Synodality. We have collated the responses and are in the process of compiling the parish Final Report. We have held a general parish meeting, and sent out 1,800 questionnaires, and received 165 in return. Many respondents made extra comments and we will take those into account also.

I want to thank Neil Coscio for his outstanding leadership in the whole Synodal project. We are now putting together our report to be sent to Bishop Andrzej at the diocese. The report will be posted on our website and summarized in the bulletin. John Destefano is producing a “pie chart” to be added to the report clarifying the results.

All in all, we feel we have done our part in advancing a project dear to Pope Francis’ heart; please remember this effort in your prayers. It will conclude in 2023 at the final Synod at the Vatican.

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