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"Most of us wish God would tell us exactly what he wants to us to do in clear language-what vocation to pursue, where to live, what job to work, who to marry. But as Dr. Tom Neal explains today, discerning God's will isn't like an Easter egg hunt where you search for some secretly hidden answer outside of you.
Through the wisdom of a wise and holy monk, and the reflections of St. Therese of Lisieux, Tom shows how we can examine ourselves-our unique gifts and expressions of love-to find our true calling."
The Novena to the Divine Mercy begun on Good Friday is concluded at this afternoon's service as we celebrate the canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II.
"I'm an avid fan of EWTN..".... "One of my favorite shows, ... is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, which I love, and when I've had a very stressful day, I'll come home -I've got it taped, and Kay and I will both listen, put it on and just sit back, relax, worship, and in that time of reflection, meditation, quietness I find myself renewed and restored."
-Rick Warren, Baptist / Evangelical pastor of Saddle-Back Church, author of "The Purpose-Driven Life" .
The word novena comes from the Latin novem, meaning nine.
The nine days recall the nine days that the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary spent in prayer between Ascension Thursday ((Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9-11) and Pentecost Sunday (Acts 2:2-4).
"After the Lord’s Ascension, the apostles returned to Jerusalem, entered the upper room, and “all these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brethren”. (Acts 1:14) There, about 120 people, led by Peter, prayed for nine days in preparation for the day of Pentecost, the fiftieth day after the Resurrection, when the Holy Spirit came to them".
Pentecost Sunday is one of the most ancient feasts of the Church, celebrated early enough to be mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles (20:16) and St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians (16:8). It is the 50th day after Easter (if we count both Easter and Pentecost), and it supplants the Jewish feast of Pentecost, which took place 50 days after the Passover and which celebrated the sealing of the Old Covenant on Mount Sinai.
Readings: Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13, or Galatians 5:16-25; John 20:19-23 or John 15:26-27;
Physician-Assisted Suicide May be Considered
by the Connecticut Legislature this Session
The Connecticut General Assembly convened on February 5, 2014, and the Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference (CCPAC) believes the Public Health Committee will once again consider a bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide during this current legislative session. The actual language of the bill, which has not yet been published, is expected to be similar to legislation proposed last year. Click here to connect to the Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference to keep informed on this legislation as it progresses through the legislature.
Click here to read Fr. Father Walter Nagle's recent Open Letter to the parishioners of Saint Patrick Church, East Hampton. Fr. Nagle is the Director of Respect Life Activities for the Diocese of Norwich. It is an eloquent testimony to the value of every human life will better inform you regarding the gross inhumanity of Physician Assisted Suicide.
News- St. Joseph Lighting Project - Phase One Completed
We thank Mike Ose of Orion Electric and staff for their good work !
We meet downstairs in the church Hall, Winter / Spring and Fall, on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Bring your own Bible, - coffee is provided. Stay tuned for info on the new Fall series here and in the weekly bulletin.
Request a Mass Have concerns in your life? Like to have the prayers of the parish community along with your own ? Request a weekday or Sunday Mass for your family, friends or personal intentions ! Call Kathleen at the parish office to schedule, 860.871.1970.
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Stop By This Week, while supplies last !
* Weekly Bread Collectionfor the Cornerstone Shelter / Soup Kitchen. (Drop-off Box in main foyer).
* Monthly - First Weekend of the Month - Collection of personal-care items for the Cornerstone Shelter. Drop off items in the marked box in the foyer. Thank you !
* Divine Mercy Devotion - Every Monday, 6:30 p.m. Every Monday, - except during winter storms, etc.)