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From the Pastor 03/11/18

Please join us for the Parish Mission this week, Monday-Wednesday, March 12-14, at 7:00pm with Father Peter John Cameron, O.P. Fr. Cameron was ordained a Dominican priest in 1986. In addition to his work as Editor-in-Chief of Magnificat, he is the chairman of the department of homiletics at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, NY, and the artistic director of Blackfriars Repertory Theatre in New York City. He is the author of ten books. The most recent is entitled, Prayers for the Moment.

Archdiocesan Capital Campaign: One Faith, One Hope, One Love. Our three socials for the Capital Campaign were a great success, and we reached about half of the people invited to the socials. For those who came to the social I am asking that you please make a decision about a pledge and please return your pledge form to the parish regardless of if you can give or not to the campaign at this time. Our next step is to communicate with the rest of this first public phase of the campaign in the next few weeks.

The second part of the Public Phase will be in the month of April in which the rest of the parish will be contacted as we move forward with the campaign. We hope to have all of this accomplished by the end of April.

In the next two months when you receive a mailing about the campaign or a phone call from the parish, please, in your kindness respond to that communication so that our volunteers do not have to continue to call you. No matter if you can give or not give to the campaign, simply respond to the campaign materials or phone call. I am grateful to the many volunteers who have agreed to make calls, and I thank you for promptly responding to those calls.

I recently received this wonderful letter from a parishioner about our Eucharistic Adoration Chapel. I thought I would share it with all of you.

Dear Father,
I really enjoyed your sermon on the power of prayer this past Sunday. When you mentioned Perpetual Adoration, it occurred to me that in all the “pitches” for adorers I have heard at the church, they have all been “Americanized.” By that, I mean to say that they have focused on what’s in it for me (graces, blessings, peace of mind, etc.). It seems to me that you might want to stress that it is a gift TO God and part of our responsibility as children of God to help fulfill His plan. After all, what can you give God that He can’t do for Himself? Only faith in Him. We owe him a debt of gratitude for all that He has done and that He has not done.

At a time of great need in the world, the devil convinces us in our arrogance that WE are the solution if we only elect the proper politician, donate more, or volunteer more, etc. All this distraction leads to disappointment, frustration, and despair. When in fact, the problem with the world is the Godlessness and lost souls. Only God can change that through His power, and we have the ability to facilitate that power through prayer.

Adoration and prayer are significant acts of faith as the devil will whisper, “you are copping out by ‘just’ praying when you should be out ‘doing something significant.’” Faith will move mountains. Perpetual Adoration is faith. Again thanks for your service and guidance.

I am once again reminding all parishioners that the Adoration Chapel is an atmosphere of complete quiet. While we certainly want our children to be exposed to adoration, it is important for parents to understand that children may not be of sufficient maturity to be quiet. Please be attentive to the importance of complete silence in the Adoration Chapel.

Congratulations are in order for Lawain McNeil (left), our Director of Adult Evangelization and Pastoral Services, and Mike Muse, our Business Manager (right) who were installed as acolytes on Saturday, February 24. They are pictured here with Fr. Paul Keller, O.P. who is one of the professors at the seminary preparing both Lawain and Mike to be deacons. Lawain is preparing to be ordained a deacon for St. Gertrude Church, and Mike for St. Margaret of York. Please keep them both in your prayers as they continue their studies.

The Little Sisters of the Poor will be present at all the Masses next weekend seeking your assistance in their ministry. For the past 150 years, the Sisters have been offering the needy elderly of the tristate a home where they are welcomed as Christ, cared for as a family, and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to himself. The Sisters depend on our support to meet the needs of their poor elderly. Your generosity will be appreciated. For more information visit their website at

A blessed 4th Week of Lent to all,

Rev. André-Joseph LaCasse, O.P., Pastor