Dear Sisters and Brothers,
As you are aware, from Wednesday, 9th June, all those who have been fully vaccinated can attend the liturgical services in the Archdiocese of Hartford, without wearing masks. However, those who are not vaccinated, need to continue wearing masks during Masses. I request them to do so for the safety of others, especially the elderly and the vulnerable. There may be also some of us who are fully vaccinated and still feel apprehensive as we relax the protocols regarding Covid restrictions. They can continue to wear masks if it makes them feel safer.
You will notice that the urgent Pointing work on the church has been completed. They have done a good job of repointing and waterproofing. We will continue observing the building and will resume the repointing work as is needed. Thanks to Paul Brennan for initiating and supervising the work!
You are aware that our operating funds have been declining since the beginning of Covid. We had to dip into the reserves to complete the repair work. You will find some envelopes on the pews and in the vestibule for Church Repairs funds. I would appeal to your generosity to contribute towards this expense. We also need to build up funds for the painting of our church ceiling which is long overdue. Thank you for your generosity! Thank you to all who helped to organize the Plant sale and those who have contributed through the purchase of plants or through donations! We will be organizing a Raffle with cash prizes. The drawing will be on 12th September. I request all of you to cooperate in making it a success. A big ‘Thank you’ to Ronnie Sharnick and her team for taking up this responsibility!
As has been already communicated, we celebrate Fr. Kvedas’ Diamond Jubilee on 27th June. All of you are cordially invited for the Mass at 10:00 am followed by refreshments and ‘family time’ with Fr. Kvedas in the Lyceum. We pray that the Lord bless him and keep him healthy as he completes 60 grace-filled years in His service. Two of our deacons, Matthew Collins and Joseph MacNeill, will be ordained priests for the Archdiocese of Hartford on Saturday, 26th June. We accompany them with our prayers as we thank the Lord for the gift of two new priests for our Archdiocese.
United in prayers and entrusting all of you into
the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Fr. Joy Jacob, SDB