Eleanor

Let us walk through this unsettled time together.

March 26, 2020

Dear Parishioners, If you are like me, you are watching coverage of the current health crisis at all hours of the day and night. One can hardly escape news reports, commentary on the new reports, medical information, political commentary…it is enough to drive one to distraction! Having been so driven, I have found myself taking…

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We can continue to enrich our spirituality and prayer life on our own.

March 17, 2020

Dear Parishioners, During Lent, we generally commit to increasing our prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We might attend daily Mass more frequently, or the Stations of the Cross. Taizé Prayer might be our go to Lenten practice, or the rosary, or any number of methods of contemplation or meditation. In the uncertain days of this Lent,…

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Coming Home

February 26, 2020

Dear Parishioners, This past Sunday, the Quick Center at Fairfield University resounded with melodious song produced by three of the St. Louis Jesuits and the St. Anthony Choir, accompanied by the instrumentalists who grace our church during the seasons of Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter. The theatre was packed, the atmosphere was expectant and…

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Never Again!

February 7, 2020

Dear Parishioners, This past Monday, January 27, marked the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of  Auschwitz-Birkenau, one of the notorious concentration camps established by the German Nazis for the implementation of their “Final Solution,” that is, the extermination of the European Jew- ish population. Many others were killed, among them such religious personages as Rev.…

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Help Decorate the Church

January 23, 2020

Dear Parishioners, We have just concluded our Christmas Season and the trees, wreaths and poinsettias were beautiful and lent such grace and beauty to our liturgical celebrations. Before you know it, Holy Week and the Easter Season will be here, bringing with them the promise of many displays of flowers and other decorations. Did you…

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Baggage

January 23, 2020

Dear Parishioners, The week of January 18 – 25 is The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute has published several docu- ments, prayers and meditations pertaining to the cele- bration of this week.  Among them is the following: “As Christians from different Churches and Traditions, we have unfortunately, over…

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Become A Hospice Volunteer

Springing to Action

January 15, 2020

Dear Parishioners, If you attended the 10 am Mass on Sunday, December 29, you would have seen for yourself the best of our parish in action. Our visitors from Maplewood were seated in their regular spot when one of them fainted. Immediately two doctors and nurses come to her aid, the ambulance was called, Mass…

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Balance

December 22, 2019

Dear Parishioners, Today we see clashing symbols in the sanctuary. The four candles of the Advent Wreath are all burning signifying the Fourth Sunday of Advent, AND we have the creche and the Christmas trees, as well as the roping and wreaths adorning the rest of the church, indicating that we are celebrating Christmas! Which…

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Ring the Bells

December 15, 2019

Dear Parishioners, Here we are ten days from Christmas, wondering what on earth to get for Grandma! Amid the hustle and bustle, let’s make time to do the real work of Christmas…the softening and opening of our hearts to receive the Lord. Leonard Cohen’s words can be helpful as we prepare: Ring the bells that…

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Pope Francis

Shortage of Priests in the Amazon

November 26, 2019

Dear Parishioners, You may have read or heard about the recent three-week Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region, commonly referred to as the Amazon Synod. The synod concluded on October 27 in Rome. This gathering was remarkable for many reasons, in addition to being the first such meeting to be…

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Let’s All Chip In

November 1, 2019

Dear Parishioners, As you all know by now, the parish has been engaged in a capital campaign, We Stand With Christ. The results have been astounding! 281 families have contributed thus far, and we are approaching our goal. We are so grateful to all who have made donations! The participation rate, however, is lagging behind…

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Awakening the Brain

October 29, 2019

Awakening the Brain, by Charlotte A. Tomaino, Ph.D. The author offers a unique perspective as a clinical neuropsychologist and a person of deep spirituality. The book explores increasing our consciousness of how the brain works so we become more open to receiving grace and intentionally create the lives we want. We will meet on November…

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