Tuesday, September 11, 2018
The Sacred Bonds of Holy Matrimony will be exchanged by Christopher Hayes and Karen Narewski on Saturday, September 15 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Kateri (due to Community Day). Please pray for this couple about to be married.
Monday, September 10, 2018
This will be printed in the September 16 Bulletin
From Father Michael
At our Parish Council last Monday, we had an open discussion about the recent events in the Catholic Church. All expressed sadness that so many lives have been affected and that so many people have been hurt. The question was asked – what can we do as a parish? I ask your patience for just a little while as I recuperate from surgery. In October, we plan to offer opportunities for parishioners to come together in discussion and in prayer. In the meantime, these resources were mentioned as helpful to Council members:
- The recent CARA study can be found on “1964,” a research blog published by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. The post appeared, with updates, beginning on August 28. The study was also published in America Magazine.
- Bishop Robert Barron can be found on YouTube. Watch “Bishop Barron Q & A about the Sexual Abuse Crisis” and “Why Remain Catholic with So Much Scandal?”
- A recommended book is “Hurting in the Church: A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics” by Father Thomas Berg (well known to parishioners as he served at St. Columba).
Saturday, September 8, 2018
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of Rachel Githaiga on Friday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. Please pray for her and for her family. NOTE - This Mass will be offered in Swahili by Father Frederick.
Your Excellency Bishop Chappetto, Father Jeff, Dear Sisters of the Presentation and Jubilarians, and dear friends.
I am delighted to be with you today. As some may know, I was educated by Presentation Sisters at St. John & Mary in Chappaqua. When I was the Pastor of Sacred Heart in Highland Falls from1996-2002, I worked together with Sister Carol, who is being honored today
This summer, I had the opportunity to journey on the Way of St. Paul in Greece and Turkey. One stop was in Ephesus, the site of the famous riot of the silversmiths. But it also has a connection to Mary and St. John. At the foot of the cross, Jesus said to Mary – Behold, thy son. And to John – Behold, thy Mother. And from that hour the disciple took her into his care. For a period, she actually lived with him in Ephesus – called Mary’s House. Years later, in Ephesus, she received the title Mother of God. Her constant Yes to the Father teaches us how to be sons and daughters of God.
Today I am reminded of a wonderful daughter of God - the Venerable Nano Nagle, from the Nagle Mountains in County Cork. She lived in difficult times. As a child, her classroom was among the bushes and trees. The Penal Laws were in force, and it was against the law to educate Catholics. When she reached age 10, her parents decided to secretly send her to France to get a good education. There, Nano had a good life. But one day, she was in a carriage with friends. She passed a group of poor people huddled in the cold waiting for the church to open for Mass. It would change her life. How would she say Yes to God now?
After her dad died she returned home and saw the same terrible poverty. Eventually she would found a small school for poor children – then another. After school, she did not stop, she would visit the poor, sick and elderly. She became – The Lady With The Lantern. Her moto was “Not words but deeds” a constant yes!
Without any doubt, this can be said to be the motto of the Jubilarians here today:
Sister Clare Roche, who worked in poor Missions in Houma Louisiana & Henry Street in NYC
Sister Mary Lusk, who imitated Nano Nagle’s love for children and taught them.
Sister Julia Ciccolini, who reached out to those suffering with AIDS
Sister Ann Daly, who loved to watch her students grow, and now cares for the dying in Hospice
Sister Joan Dombrowski, who now works in a Safe House for trafficked women.
Sister Christine Liegey, who now trains people in the Ministry of Consolation and volunteers at a funeral home, comforting those who have lost loved ones.
Sister Dale McDonald, who was President of the Community for 2 terms and taught countless children and adults.
Sister Carol Melsopp, who used the Workshop Way to teach God’s special and personal love for each student.
Sister Margaret Murphy, who gave her life to teaching children and leading Catholic schools
Sister Kathleen Treanor, who also taught countless children and was a dedicated leader of Catholic schools
Sister Patricia Morrison who was told recently by a former student – you influenced my integrity, fairness and sense of justice more than anyone else in the world.
Don’t you agree – Nano Nagle would be so proud of these her daughters! They are a shining example to each of us! Daughters of God - Ladies with the Lantern – bearing the light of Christ to all. They said Yes!
I am reminded of the writer, John Ruskin. It was back in the days before electricity. Lamps in town were powered by gas. It was the job of the lamp lighter to light the lamps each evening.
Well, John Ruskin was sitting on his porch with a friend. They had a beautiful view of the valley. As evening came on, the lamplighter appeared. One by one he lit his lamps. After a while, you could no longer see the lamplighter, only the lights. John Ruskin turned to his friend – "There’s a good illustration of a Christian. People may never have known him, they may never have met him, they may never even have seen him, but they know he passed through their world by the trail of lights he left behind him."
Well, we have been honored to know them, we have met them, we have seen them, and yes, they have left a trail of lights!!! God bless you for all you have done and who you are – Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Ad Multos Annos!
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Only 21 percent of adult Catholics could correctly identify that the abuse cases were more common before 1985 than since.
The same scandal with new details
“It seemed as if there was a script. Through the end of the 20th century, the dioceses developed consistent strategies for hiding child sex abuse.”
New allegations of abuse
The current wave of educator sexual misconduct has yet to receive the same aggregation and attention that clergy sexual abuse has by the media.
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Husbands love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church. Last week I have celebrated 2 weddings at Mt St. Mary College. Both brides were graduates. Holy Rosary Chapel is a lovely spot. In the chapel there is a beautiful mosaic of St. Thomas Aquinas – he defined love as – willing the good of the other. As I spoke to the couples, I reminded them that this was the challenge – to love – in good times and in bad, in sickness and health, to love & honor all the days of life. Marriage can be like a roller coaster – ups & downs – be ready for the downs – and keep loving.
When I was a young priest, I was not ready for the downs. The downs led me to believe – I might have made a mistake being ordained. I remember sitting with my mother over a cup of tea talking about it.
She gave me a look.
First, she said – remember – you took a sacrament – you made a promise to God – God has made a promise to you.
Then – you don’t think your father and I have had difficult times – I had no idea – like a good parent – they had shielded their children from their problems as best they could. But we love each other.
So, love is a decision – to will the good of the other.
Mother Teresa would often have visitors who wanted to get involved in her work with the poor. They had to attend Mass first. After, she would say – did you watch the priest – the reverence he has for the Host – when he touches the body of Christ? Tomorrow you will go to the House for the Dying – and you will touch the same Body of Christ- Have the same reverence the priest has for the Host.
If only every priest understood that, every bishop understood that, if every person understood that – we would not be where we are today. To touch the Body of Christ.
Some would not accept this teaching about the Body of Christ and many left – Jesus said - are you going to leave me too – just as many people might be wondering today – is this a mistake, should I leave? Peter was the one – Lord, to whom shall we go, you have the words of everlasting life. I don’t always like the Church, and parts of her I can’t stand right now. But, I love her, and I made a promise, and God made a promise to me.
In the words of Joshua today – As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!
Monday, August 20, 2018
(This is an outline - for the complete homily, it has been recorded on Sound Cloud & posted. Check our Facebook page)
Said more than one – a difficult week to be a Catholic. I’m almost embarrassed to be walking around wearing black.
Felt many different emotions – disbelief – sadness – anger
How could a priest or bishop hurt a young person? I have nieces and nephews – if anything were to happen top them, I don’t know what I would do.
Lives and been hurt – faith has been damaged
Leaders acting more like CEO’s than pastors – showing a basic lack of care for people.
Granted we have come far from 2002 and the Dallas Charter – but clearly we have further to go. So we must continue to speak against any kind of abuse – pray for victim and the church. Evil has entered in “smoke of Satan.” Good we pray St. Michael . . .
In a few moments – we will pray the Creed - One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic
Apostolic – Greece – Paul – great Saints – into today.
Catholic – Untouchables
Holy? – Everything about the Church is holy – our church, the Bible, the Sacraments – allow this holiness to enter us.
One – we are not one when we break Commandments – to receive Communion is to be in Communion. Take sin seriously – confess and become what we receive.
Thank you for being here, for being faithful, for supporting your parish and your priests – together may we continue to walk in holiness – as we journey to the kingdom.
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Sunday, July 29, 2018
(This homily owes it's inspiration to a sermon delivered by Bishop Robert Barron. His insights were invaluable!)
Imagine accident on Rt 82. Police arrive and begin asking questions – did anyone see what happened? Some did, and they share what they saw. All saw same accident, but from a different perspective. That is one way to look at the Gospels. They are the Gospels of Jesus Christ – but according to MT, MK, LK & JN.
Now all the Gospels speak of a Last Supper. But John does not include the Institution Narrative – This is My Body, this is my Blood. Instead, he expands on the meaning of the Eucharist in John Chapter 6. It is called the Bread of Life Discourse We will read this at Mass for the next few weeks. Today’s story is a great way to understand the Mass!
1) Went across the Sea of Galilee with a large crowd following. Always a crowd followed Jesus. Just as a crowd gathers here for Mass. Catholic – ages, languages, ethnic groups.
2) Went up the mountain – always a place to encounter God. See how we go up mountain!
3) He sat down – what teachers do – Cathedral – Cathedra (chair). We are taught – Liturgy of the Word.
4) Passover was near – from slavery to freedom. Jesus is new Passover: death to life. So, Jesus fed them – the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
5) Took bread, gave thanks, gave it to them – Eucharist! They are hungry – Demi Lovato – 12 hours partying – will that help? – big hug house – will that help? – take a drug – will that help? May she experience healing. Jesus feeds us with the one thing that will satisfy our hunger – the Bread of Life.
6) Ate till satisfied – filled with God. They gathered fragments – give to sick or place in tabernacle.
Up the mountain, they were taught, they were fed, they became the mystical Body of Christ – and then, they were called: to bring the Presence to a waiting world!
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Wednesday, August 15 is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be offered on Tuesday, August 14 at 5:30 pm and on Wednesday, August 15 at 7:00 a.m., 12:00 noon and at 7:30 p.m.
VOCATION Q & A EVENING
Our own Sister M. Clare (Anna O’Connor), together with Father Michael Connolly, will offer an Evening Q & A about Religious and Diocesan Priesthood Vocations on Tuesday, August 7. You are welcome to come at 7:00 pm in the Adoration Chapel for the Rosary. The Q & A will begin at 7:30 pm in the Library Meeting Room. All welcome!
Monday, July 16, 2018
Amazing to think, in three weeks I will be offering Mass in Ephesus – the final resting place of St. John, the home of Mary, the place where Mary was declared Mother of God, the place where St. Paul lived for over 2 years. His letter to the Ephesian today: God chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him – so that we might exist for the praise of his glory.
We have a purpose and a goal
What will help us to get there?
Carry a walking stick – Go two by two – shake the dust from your feet.
1) Carry a walking stick
You need something to lean on – trust in God’s providence.
All happens for a reason – can we trust in God’s love?
King had a falcon that helped him hunt. At the end of the day, began long ride home. Looking for a place to drink – saw some trickling water. As he went to put his cup under the water, the falcon swooped down & knocked it away.
Happened 3 times and king went into a rage. Took out his sword and hacked at the bird.
Then he went to get his drink – but then he finally noticed the source of the spring – dead animal – water was contaminated.
Falcon could see what we couldn’t – can God see what we can’t - does God have a plan?
2) Go two by two
Genesis – not good for man to be alone. Need each other.
Communion of saints. Community of the church.
List of sick - “Through this holy anointing, grant comfort in their suffering. When she is afraid, give her courage, when afflicted, give her patience, when dejected, afford her hope, and when alone, assure her of the support of your holy people.”
3) Shake dust from feet.
No 100% success rate. Great baseball hitter .300
Makes out 7 out of 10 times!
Do our best & move on. Let go.
Not everyone will receive you
Not everyone will love you
Not everyone will appreciate you
Bank president was asked– secret to success? Right decisions
How do you make right decisions – experience
How do you get experience – wrong decisions.
Mother Theresa – “we are called not to be successful – but to be faithful.”
We know who we are – sons & daughters of God – and where we are going – toward the Kingdom of God. To get there: carry a walking stick, go 2 by 2, shake the dust from your feet! By God’s grace, we will get there!