Message from Father Rick
Dear Parish Family,
I have to admit that lately I’ve been feeling a bit apprehensive as I notice the days getting shorter and the evenings getting cooler. What happened to the summer?! But I’m also reminded that New Englanders love the fall. The humidity of summer has now been replaced by the dry crisp autumn air that invigorates us. Fall is the time of year when we are blessed to view God’s artistic hand transforming the world with brilliant colors ranging from bright yellow and oranges to vibrant reds. God’s creative spirit is truly amazing and we are continually blessed with his abundance.
As pastor of our two parishes, I know how abundantly blessed we are. We are surrounded by the colors and bounty of one another’s gifts, witness, faith, talent and personalities. I thank God for your presence in my life and pray that He continues to guide our parish leaders and community on the path that is most pleasing to Him.
Discerning that path takes prayer, planning and discussions. Your pastoral councils are and will be working on the goals and objectives that will assist our journey. Please remember to pray for your councils and for our parishes.
In his visit to our nation last month, Pope Francis reminded us of the importance of filling our discipleship with joy, hard work and gratitude. Our Holy Father stated that “the joy of men and women who love God attracts others to Him. Joy springs from a grateful heart. Truly we have received much, so many graces, so many blessings, and we rejoice in this. Let us ask ourselves: are we good at counting our blessings, or have we forgotten them?”
In his comments on the spirit of hard work Pope Francis shared that “a grateful heart is spontaneously impelled to serve the Lord and find expression in a life of commitment to our work. Once we come to realize how much God has given us, a life of self-sacrifice, of working for him and for others, becomes a privileged way of responding to his great love.”
Enjoy this beautiful month everyone.