Dear Sisters and Brothers,
We have finalized the Confirmation of our children for Sunday, September 26th, at 2:00 pm in St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hartford. It will be celebrated within the Holy Mass. The details regarding how many people can accompany a candidate to the Cathedral will be made known later as we receive information from the Archdiocese. Let us accompany our young people with our prayers as they enter into the last phase of preparing for receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit through this sacrament.
We are coming to the end of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal 2021. Every year, our parish has been generous in exceeding the target set for us. This year, we are almost reaching the target. I request those of you who are still planning to contribute, to kindly do so as early as possible. It is a wonderful way for us to reach out to the needy causes supported by the Annual Appeal.
All of our registered families will receive 20 Raffle tickets in the coming weeks, with a covering letter. I would like to make a fervent appeal to all of you to be generous with this fund-raising event for our parish. All the money we receive from the sale of tickets will be income for the parish as the prize money and the amount for related expenses have been donated by one of the generous parishioners.
We have been announcing about the Synod Closing Mass on Friday, 13th August. The Mass will be at 6:00 pm, during which the Archbishop will give details about the plans for the Archdiocese and the parishes, going forward. We have been informed that we may be able to start back between 8:30 – 9:00 pm. Those of you who would still like to make it, kindly enter your names latest by 25th July, so that we can make the travel arrangements. Thank you!
In this Sunday’s Gospel, we hear the invitation of Jesus to his disciples: “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while!” All of us are in need of rest in the company of Jesus to replenish our spiritual energies! May each one of us be able to find some time and place to be alone with the Lord, away from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives!
United in prayers,
Fr. Joy Jacob, SDB