Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Week of September 22



Dear Friends—

I just wanted to take a moment to thank the staff for all of their hard work over the summer.  Summers in the parish are generally a slow down for parish staff.  At St. John’s the staff were very busy helping getting the office up and running and working to put into place the programs and processes necessary to help make St. John’s a vibrant community of faith.  I am very grateful for their efforts.  I am also very grateful for all of you.  There has been a great spirit and enthusiasm in our parish.  

Just for you information, we are seeing great things in campus ministry throughout the diocese as well.  We started new programs at two colleges which have been enthusiastically received.  Our Sunday Mass numbers at UMass Dartmouth have been up consistently this year.  Good things happening in our local Church!
On Saturday September 28, there will be a day of recollection for all those who serve at our Liturgies.  It will be a time of prayer, reflection and meditation.  The day will begin at 9AM in the Parish Center and conclude at 1PM.  Lunch will also be served.  If you are interested, please contact the Parish Office to register.
There is a tradition in our Church of First Friday.  That is taking time for Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Starting in October, we will have a special First Friday Schedule here at St. John’s.  Mass will be offered at 5PM followed by Adoration until 8PM.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 5:30PM to 6:30PM.  At 7PM there will be a celebration of Evening Prayer that will conclude with Benediction. 
Our second reading this week continues where we left off last week.  We will jump a few chapters for next week’s reading.  The bulletin letter next week will cover a summary of the chapters missed. Just to let you know as well, each week and most days the homily is recorded and posted on line.  There is usually a link posted on our Facebook page when it is posted.  It can also be accessed at http://homily.libsyn.com.
As you know around the time I was appointed pastor of St. John’s, I was also appointed Diocesan Director of Campus Ministry.  It has been busy, but fortunately there is a good staff at both locations and with the help of technology and careful scheduling and planning things seem to be working ok.  I have petitioned the Bishop to have a deacon assigned to St. John’s to help with the overall pastoral care of the parish.  This will help greatly in some of the tasks that go on in a parish each week.
Sundays are a bit of an area of concern.  Currently I have been celebrating all of the parish masses myself in addition to the masses at UMD.  I have been working on getting coverage for some of the masses at the university.  In addition, I will be asking for help from some of the area retired priests for some mass coverage at St. John’s.  Let me be clear that this coverage will be occasional and not a weekly norm.  Presiding at the community’s celebration of the Eucharist is the most important function of a pastor and I take that responsibility very seriously.
There has been some inquiry about the devotion of the Divine Mercy.  If you are interested in being a part of a team to offer that devotion at St. John’s, please let me know.
Have a great week!
Fr. David

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