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Dear Friends,
Sometimes, maybe many times, when we wake up in the morning, we are face to face with the struggles and difficulties of our lives. Maybe it is the crisis of a confrontation at work or a lingering wound in the relationship with our spouse or our children. Life seems to continually present itself to us as a battle. In front of this life situation, we often don’t understand what God is doing in our lives and we look for answers to our deepest questions: what really is the purpose and meaning of my life?

Why is God allowing these events to happen to me? Why is getting up each day so fearful for me? How does Jesus Christ fit into these events? In fact, who is this Jesus Christ for me anyway? All of this may point you to an awareness that perhaps a deeper encounter with your Catholic faith would provide a hope that your life could truly be lived in a new level of peace and joy without fear and trepidation. If you see yourself in this battle or if you know someone close to you who has left the Church or has a struggle with being a Catholic in today’s culture, we are happy to be able to offer to our parish a most unique experience of faith.

This coming Monday night, October 12, 2015, at 8:00PM a journey to rediscover our Baptism will begin through a series of catecheses each Monday and Thursday, presented by the Neocatechumenal Way ministry of our parish. “Catechesis” is a proclamation of the Good News of Christ to the people, not just as lectures but also as an experience of the significance of what it means to be a Christian in today’s times.

Most of us have been baptized as infants. And while we may have followed some programs of religious education, the challenges of our secularized times present us with a real need of an adult formation in the faith. The Catechesis follows an itinerary of faith that addresses the fundamental questions and issues of our desire to live as a Christian in today’s world.

I wholeheartedly invite and encourage all adults and young people (13 years and older) to take advantage of this opportunity. Perhaps this is an occasion for you to take a faith risk and reach out to that person in your life who has left the faith and invite them and accompany them to the Catechesis.

I invite you to just COME AND LISTEN.

And now on a totally un-related topic, one that is much more “down to earth” and even “up in the sky – the PARKING DECK. I have been asked, “what’s the Church’s position” on the parking deck”? Well, we don’t really have one – yet. I think we all agree that there is a need for more parking in the business district, which includes us. But the devil is always in the details. I am most concerned about Sundays. In the October 2nd edition of the Mayor’s Corner, The mayor mentions an analysis that “will help us to determine the best rates and hours for a parking deck as well as the best rates and hours for our on-street and lot parking.” This will be critical for us. Any move to establish Sunday as a day for “paid parking” will severely damage the parish. I urge as many as possible to attend the two upcoming meeting, the Planning Board Review on October 20 and the Special Public Meeting on October 21 and let your concerns be made known. Unfortunately I will be out of state so I hope many of you will pass along the parish’s concerns.

God Bless,
Fr. Ron


Mass Schedule

Weekend Liturgies
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,
11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,
3 p.m. (Spanish), 6:30 p.m.
Weekday Liturgies
Monday thru Friday,
6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m.,
and 12 noon
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. only
Holy Days
Eve: 7:30pm (anticipated)
6:30am, 8:30am, and 12noon 




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