From the Desk of the Pastor

Bulletin October 15, 2017

Dear Friends,

I want to again thank all of the people who helped with my installation Mass and reception. It was a beautiful event. Bishop Kane gave a gracious homily, our own Fr. McCarthy and Fr. Griffiths were there along with Fr. Dan Fallon and Fr. Matt Nemchausky. Many of the staff and Parish Pastoral Council and Finance Council were able to officially welcome me also. My whole immediate family came. I hope you were able to meet them and see some of my childhood pictures (when I had hair) The music at Mass was beautiful and prayerful. Ultimately, it was a chance for me to make an oath of fidelity and to promise to shepherd you after the very model of Christ.

The reception was hosted amazingly by JoAnn Keto and so many others. John Goworowski made his now famous meatballs. Tony Gaddini prepared excellent Italian Beef sandwiches. Kim Basso made a delicious chocolate cake that had an edible Bible made of Rice Krispy treats. Mr. Wuich organized the 8th graders to wait at table and they did a great job too. So many people volunteered their time and tasty talents. There will be a full list coming in the bulletin so that everyone can be recognized and even if your name wasn’t listed, God knows the good you have done and your reward will be great in heaven. Again, I am personally grateful to God to be your new pastor and thank you for the warm welcome.

As you know this is the month of the rosary. This is one of the most recommended and powerful of prayers in the Church. It can be difficult to pray the rosary. St. John Paul II used to say that it tests our patience. But to pray the rosary is to grow closer to Jesus through Mary… she who knew and loved Him best. Furthermore, the Blessed Mother herself has asked, in various private revelations, that we pray the rosary every day. I encourage you to pray the rosary with your family for the grace of conversion and renewal in the Church and in this parish. Remember, the family that prays together, stays together.

Also, join us in praying the rosary with the school children in church every Friday in October at 2:20 pm and every first Friday of the month after that at 10:50 am. The children were given special Pope Francis rosewood rosaries that I blessed which will be kept at school for the school rosary. They will get to keep their rosary when they graduate. I have been privileged to be able to help teach them how to pray the rosary and explain some of the mysteries to be meditated upon. Already teachers and students have found peace in this time of prayer. One of the seers at Fatima, Sister Lucia, said this about the rosary: “There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”

Praying the rosary will open us up to benefit from the greatest prayer of the Church, the Mass itself. In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus likens the kingdom of heaven to a wedding feast that the invited guests refused to come to. It says that “Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business.” Some of the messengers were even killed. We don’t want to be those that Lord invites to his feast but then do not come. Christ tells us to “take this all of you and eat of it” of His body and blood for our sake not for His. The greatest gift that God can give us is Himself and that’s what’s made available to us in the sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist! There is something greater than sports, work or entertainment here. May the Lord never say of us “The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come.”

God bless you,
Fr. Mike Grisolano

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