From the desk of Father Jeffrey V. Romans
Dear Friends in Christ:
A special word of gratitude to all who donated items to the Fill-the-Truck campaign last weekend for Saint Vincent DePaul Shelter in Waterbury. It was a tremendous success and we almost filled the whole truck! I am likewise grateful to all who participated as volunteers onsite to assist those coming with donations. In our bulletin there is a picture of some of our youth helping out on Sunday afternoon. From left to right they are Elena Arciero, Marisa Brough, Emma Csizmar, Noah Duncan, Aaron Fernandes, and Walker Luoma-Blagys. We also want to express our gratitude to the other volunteers not in the picture who helped make the event a great success as we came together to help those less fortunate. Thank you to Nancy and Bruce Humiston who coordinated the event, as well as Margaret Boland, Lorraine Brandolini, Kara Chymbor Hunter and kids, Don Falk, Danielle and Dave Terfera, and our youth volunteers Hannah Brennan, Tyler Cofranceso, Cole Feinauer, Serena Hansen, Chloe Labissoniere, Meghan McDonugh, Patrick Mitchell, Jenna Smith, and Evan Zimnoch.
HOPES Dinner and the Saint John Neumann Awards
Happiest congratulations to two of our parents at Saint Bridget School who received the Saint John Neumann Award at the annual HOPES (Helping Our Parish Elementary Schools) Dinner on Monday evening, Mrs. Courtney Hansen and Mrs. Krista Ostuno. Mrs. Hansen and Mrs. Ostuno were chosen to be recognized for their outstanding service to Saint Bridget School. Mrs. Hansen has volunteered at and chaired the annual auction for the school (our major fundraiser), she coordinates the parent ambassador program, and has served as coach of Cheerleading for a couple of years. Mrs. Ostuno has also volunteered at and chaired the annual auction for the school, assisted in a variety of ways with other fundraisers including the Golf Tournament, she assisted in the implementation of an online giving program for use at our fundraisers, and she has worked on our Alumni database and assisted in the implementation of the Saint Bridget School Annual Campaign Rooted in Faith, Growing in Character which raises funds to assist us in fulfilling our school mission. Thank you, Courtney and Krista, for all that you do!
Halloween Trick or Treat at the Rectory…Father O’Neill and I will be answering the door at the rectory at Saint Bridget on Tuesday evening, Halloween, October 31st to hand out candy to you and your children. Please come by the rectory door facing the Church building (sidewalk nearest the back of the rectory) and share in the excitement of the evening. We look forward to seeing all the costumes and welcoming you to our door.
All Souls’ Day…This year we celebrate the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day) on Thursday, November 2, 2017. This feast follows All Saints Day on November 1. PLEASE NOTE—All Saints Day on Wednesday, November 1, is a Holy Day of Obligation!
These two important feasts help us as a Catholic people to celebrate the “Communion of Saints” which we mention each and every time we recite the Creed at Mass. The Communion of Saints is the Church’s teaching that tells us that the Church consists not only of the living members who are still on this earth fighting the good fight, but also those who are triumphant in heaven (All Saints) and those in Purgatory (All Souls) who still need purification in order to enter heaven.
Each year when we celebrate these two feasts we are provided the opportunity to teach our younger Catholics how special it is that we are united with all those who have gone before us in faith. Explain how in this month of November we unite in a special way, through the Communion of Saints, with our deceased family members and friends as we pray for them and they pray for us. This can be especially helpful to those who are younger and are experiencing a death of a loved one for the first time.
In addition to remembering your loved ones in prayer as you come to Mass, perhaps as a family you can pray each evening before meals or at bedtime for deceased relatives, or maybe you can even go together to visit family members’ graves and pray for them there.
As we did last year, we as a parish family will be placing the All Souls’ Day envelopes (included in your offertory envelope package or available at the doors of both Churches) on the altar for the whole month of November at all the Masses. These envelopes allow you to list your loved ones names on the back so that their names will be remembered in a special way at all the Masses in this month.
We also invite you to attend a special Mass of Remembrance which will be held on All Souls’ Day, Thursday, November 2nd, at 7PM in Saint Bridget Church as we remember all our parishioners who have died since the last Mass of Remembrance. Each family will be given a special candle with their loved ones name on it as a reminder of our prayers for them during this time of loss, and as a reminder of our need to pray for our deceased loved ones. ALL parishioners are welcome to join us in prayer for our parishioners who died this past year and for their families who mourn their loss. A reception will follow in the Parish Center. Please join us.
Finally, please remember to pray for our parish family and ask God’s blessings as we build His kingdom here. Please know that I am praying for you, and I ask for your prayers for me, that together through the intercession of Saint Bridget of Sweden, and united in the Eucharist, we will reflect the presence of Jesus to the world.