From the Desk of Deacon Victor

My Dear Fellow Parishioners,   

    As I wrote last week, this month is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. However, the Feast of the Assumption is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year since it falls on a Saturday. Mass for the feast will be celebrated at 8 a.m. for the Blessed Mother.

    Weekend Masses can be attended by calling the phone number provided, reserving space at the Mass of your choice. A total of 65 people are allowed to attend each Mass at this time. In addition, Sunday Mass is still offered on Facebook and YouTube. Also, please remember that the obligation to attend Mass is dispensed until September 6th. The weekend Mass schedule is: Saturday Vigil at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 8 and 10 a.m. Daily Mass is offered Monday through Saturday at 8 a.m. and Confessions are Saturdays from 3:30 to 4 p.m.  PLEASE SEE THE COMPLETE LIST OF DIRECTIVES PRINTED IN THIS BULLETIN.

    The church is open daily, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday ‘til 6 p.m., and Sunday ‘til 11 a.m.

    Thanks to all those who have made returns to our ALL CASH RAFFLE. The drawing is Sunday , 9/13 at 3 p.m. in the Church Park. Please try to join with us! Returns can be made to the collection box in church or to the church office or by mail. Please don’t mail cash! Need more tickets? – call the church office.

    Thank you to everyone who continues to support our parish monetarily by using the collection box in church, dropping/mailing contributions to the rectory and to those using E-Giving. God bless you for your generosity and stewardship!

    Kudos to Maria Oliveria, Tom and Tina Mulinski, Ed Brickett, Kathleen Lembo, Ray Binkowski, Ed and Diane Parzyck and all the volunteers who continue to sanitize our church before and after each Mass. Also to our “Chatfield Stitchers” who continue to provide masks for our parish. God bless you all!

    Beginning in September, the Sacrament of Baptism will be celebrated immediately following the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass. Please call the church office in advance to make arrangements. I am asking that we limit to 2 families per Sunday at this time.

    If you have questions/concerns, please don’t hesitate to call on me at any time. Please call 203-231-9912 or leave a message at the church office.

    May God and Saint Michael bless us always,       

Deacon Victor

 

Open Wide Our Hearts

The US Bishops letters against racism. 

  Racism and the Native American Experience.  When Europeans arrived on the shores of this country, they were often blind to the dignity of the indigenous peoples. Colonial and later US policies were often violent, paternalistic and directed toward the theft of native American land. Native Americans were killed, imprisoned, sold into slavery, and raped. These policies decimated entire communities and brought tragic death.

  The results were massive forced relocations as endured by the Cherokee and Navajo . Thousands died during those forced removals. Schools and orphanages began “Americanizing” Native children by forcing them to abandon all facets of their culture, including their languages. The devastation caused by national policies of expansion and manifest destiny, fueled by racist attitudes, led to the near eradication of native American peoples and their cultures.

  The effects of this evil remain visible in the great difficulties experienced by native American communities today. Poverty, unemployment, inadequate health care, poor schools, the exploitation of natural resources and disputes over land ownership in native American communities are the legacy of these evils today.

  In Heritage and Hope: Evangelization in the United States (NCCB Pastoral Letter, 1990) the US Catholic Bishops wrote, “As a Church, we often have been unconscious and insensitive to the mistreatment of our Native American brothers and sisters and have at times reflected the racism of the dominant culture of which we have been a part.” All Catholics are called to give renewed attention to historical and present injustices resulting from racism against Native Americans, better integrate the needs and contributions of Native Catholics, and work for greater justice for the descendants of the first Americans.  “We ask each Catholic community to join us in seeking new understanding and awareness of their situation and in committing our Church to new advocacy and action with all Native Americans on issues of social justice and pastoral life which touch their lives.” (USCCB, 1992)

 

  — The US Conference of Catholic Bishops.