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From the Pastor 10/14/18

At the last Pastoral Council meeting we had a rather long discussion about the level of noise at Mass. This issue was also discussed by the Dominican Community at our community meeting, and by the priests staff meeting which we have once a week. The topic of screaming children and talking in church is always a sensitive topic. No priest wants to be the one to point out a lack of sensitivity exhibited by others who do not take their children to the vestibule, or even worse, adults who should know better than to carry on conversations before and after Mass in the church when others are praying.

You will notice that a new introduction has been composed for the beginning of each Mass. As we worship, please help us make our church a true house of prayer by keeping this a quiet place of meditation: turn off your devices, keep conversations to a minimum, and comfort little ones who need a break in the vestibule. There is very little room in most of our lives for quiet. So let us all try to at least make our church truly a place for prayer and meditation.

Also, I want to point out that the vestibule acts as a “Cry Room.” It is not a place to listen to Mass if you are not comforting a child. If you are not attending to children please come into the church proper to celebrate Mass with the rest of the congregation.

From the Pastor 10/07/18

A blessed Month of the Most Holy Rosary to all.

Pope St. Pius V established the Feast of Our Lady of Victories at the end of the 16th century to give thanks to God and our Lady for the victory of Christian forces over the Muslim Turks at Lepanto on October 7, 1571 — a naval victory attributed to the praying of the rosary. His successor, Pope Gregory XIII transferred the feast to the first Sunday of October under the new title of the Most Holy Rosary. Pope Clement XI extended the feast to the universal Church in 1716. In the reform of the liturgy the feast was returned to its original day of October 7.

From its beginning the Order of Preachers has shown special honor and devotion to Mary, Mother of God. The Rosary, which places before us the chief mysteries of the life, passion, and resurrection of our Savior, has been one of the chief ways in which the Order has expressed this devotion.

From the Pastor 09/30/18

It is nice to be home after two weeks of being in Maine. I think this is the longest time I have ever been away. My parents are holding their own, although more diminished since the last time I saw them. My father has been placed in the full nursing wing of the nursing home. Previously he was living in the Assisted Living area of the nursing home. I was able to take him out for a full day to give him a haircut, spend the day with him, cook a meal for him, and returning him to his nursing home. Due to his confusion they do not want me to keep him overnight anymore. My mother has been placed under hospice care. Her death is not imminent, but this just gives her more care than she had under regular nursing care. It is hard to see them slowly diminish, but I am happy I was able to spend time with both of them.

From the Pastor 09/23/18

On September 26 we will celebrate the Optional Memorial of SS. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs. Little is known of the lives of these two saints except that they suffered martyrdom in Syria during the persecution of the Emperor Diocletian. Being prominent practitioners of medicine, it would have been hard for them to have remained unnoticed.

A church erected on the site of their burial was enlarged by the emperor Justinian. Devotion to the two saints spread rapidly in both East and West, and a famous basilica was erected in their honor in Constantinople. Their names were placed in the Roman Canon probably in the sixth century.

Legend says that they were twin brothers born in Arabia who were both skilled doctors. They were among those who are venerated in the East as the “moneyless ones” because, purportedly, they did not charge a fee for their services.

From the Pastor 09/16/18

On September 20 of this week we celebrate the Memorial of St. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn and Companions, Martyrs.

The first native Korean priest, Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn was the son of Christian converts. Following his baptism at the age of 15, Andrew traveled 1,300 miles to the seminary in Macao, China. After six years, he managed to return to his country through Manchuria. That same year he crossed the Yellow Sea to Shanghai and was ordained a priest. Back home again, he was assigned to arrange for more missionaries to enter by a water route that would elude the border patrol. He was arrested, tortured, and finally beheaded at the Han River near Seoul, the capital.

Andrew’s father Ignatius Kim, was martyred during the persecution of 1839, and was beatified in 1925. Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, a lay apostle and married man, also died in 1839 at age 45.

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