Sending along our thoughts and prayers

Dear Parishioners,

This week we received two letters (Catholic Charities and the Food Pantry of Blessed Sacrament Parish) thanking the parish (YOU) for donations to their outreach efforts. In the midst of the pandemic, when you are all busy trying to keep your families safe and healthy, and while supporting your own parish, you rise to the occasion of helping others. This caring for your neighbor while enduring your own discomforts is a characteristic of this community of faith and reinforces Pope Francis’ teaching that we do not exist for ourselves and our families alone, but to care for our brothers and sisters.

This example of caring for others extends to a priest who has selflessly given of himself to our parish for many years, and who often remarked how happy he was to be associated with St. Anthony’s. I am referring of course to Fr. Charlie Allen, who as you probably know, is currently in residence at Campion Center, the Jesuit Retreat House in Weston, Massachusetts.

Fr. Charlie was already helping out at Masses here when I came to the parish 18 years ago, and since my arrival, was a constant presence on Sunday mornings and on Holy Days (think Christmas Eve and Good Friday!). During Fr. John’s illness and since his passing, Fr. Charlie made himself available to the parish, being practically on call for funerals, weddings, Baptisms and Masses. Our parish owes Fr. Charlie much gratitude for his tireless service and loyalty to St. Anthony’s. 

Next Monday, Fr. Charlie will be undergoing surgery to implant a pacemaker, in Boston. How wonderful it would be for many members of St. An-thony’s to send their best wishes for a successful surgery and a quick and complete recovery. While we can never fully repay Fr. Charlie for the gift of his presence and service to us, we can show him how much we value and miss him by sending along our thoughts and prayers at this time.

Fr. Charlie’s email is: 

  • executive@fairfield.edu (new one soon)

The physical address is: 

  • Rev. Charles Allen, S.J.
  • Campion Center 
  • 319 Concord Road 
  • Weston, MA 02493-1398

Eleanor

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