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Dear Friends,

Varia – three unrelated subjects.

Turks and Caicos Islands. Many have asked over the course of the weeks about conditions in TCI. I am happy to report that there were no deaths or serious injuries in the Islands, as far as our priests know or have heard. That being said, as with the other Islands in the Caribbean, there was a great deal of physical damage to the buildings on the Islands, including those of the Church. The heaviest damage was to the school and is estimated in the neighborhood of $600,000. But it was not total, so the school has re-opened, utilizing the buildings that were undamaged or only minimally damaged. The church and the rectory on Provo also sustained some damage, but not nearly as much as the school. For those buildings, as with most of the structures on the Islands, including private homes, it’s mostly roof damage. Water on Provo was restored within a week and electric power was restored, area by area. I believe most, if not all, of Provo has power.

Conditions on the other two Islands are far worse. On Grand Turk and South Caicos, restoration of power has been much slower. Power was recently restored to the church on Grand Turk, but the rectory is still using a generator. Damage to buildings on the Island depends on their location. On higher ground, it’s mostly roof damage. But in lower-lying areas, flooding has caused extensive structural damage. Two houses, a couple of miles from the church which, at one time, had served as the rectory and a sort of a parish center, have had such severe structural damage that they will probably have to be demolished. As with Provo, most of the damage to the church and new rectory is roof damage. On South Caicos there was significant damage to one section of the church roof.

This past week an adjuster was present on the Islands to ascertain the damage and come to some determination on the level of losses and compensation. The priests have already been getting estimates for the repairs and the Archdiocese has advanced some monies to even begin so that life can begin to return to normal. Of course, the ability of the population to do the same is beyond the ability to know at this point. Keep all the Islands of the Caribbean in your prayers, especially that the hurricane season comes to a swift end.

Stewardship of Treasure. When we did Stewardship Renewal and the Stewardship of Treasure, I asked everyone to reflect on the material blessings God has given to each of us in our lives. Who can say, living in this part of the world, in America, In Ridgewood/Glen Rock, etc., that God has not showered each of us with so much? The Stewardship of Treasure challenges us to ask ourselves how we use these blessings and what do we give back to God so that the community that believes in His name may witness to Him in the world and that the Church may carry on the work of Jesus in building the Kingdom of God. And I asked that whatever you give, it be a conscious decision, not made at the spur of the moment depending on what you have in your pocket at the time.

One way of doing that is to make use of on-line giving. By its nature, it’s repetitious, meaning the same amount is charged to a credit card, or taken directly from a bank account (as I have it taken from mine), every week or month (I do it by the month). Then it truly is a conscious decision on supporting the work of the Church. I would have included these remarks at the time of the Renewal but the on-line giving company was changing ownership at the time and it would have been too confusing. Now that things are settled, I encourage every parishioner to think about this method of supporting the work of the Gospel and giving back to the Lord a portion of the gifts He has given to each of us. To enroll, or find more information, simply go to the home page on the website and click on the WESHARE icon. I think you will be happy with your decision. And if you’re worried about sitting there while the collection basket passes in front of you, if not this week, but in the very near future, we’ll have cards on the tables in all lobbies that you can throw in the basket as it passes in front of you.

Lastly. I share with you the wonderful experiences I have had for three weeks of celebrating, in Kings Point, Wilmington and Manasquan, the marriages of young adults who have grown up as members of this parish. It’s an exciting thing for me to be part of their special day, to see the joy in their hearts, and to celebrate with their families their embarking on this wonderful journey of married life, in the Sacrament of Matrimony. I think it’s so exciting for me because most priests don’t get to see that progression of years but having been blessed to be part of this community for twenty years, I do. How truly blessed I feel.

God Bless,
Fr. Ron

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Weekend Liturgies
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday
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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