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November 11, 2018

November is the month of remembrance of those who have died. You will see envelopes on each of the church altars for all those who have asked to have loved ones remembered. All are reminded that if you wish, Masses are available to specifically remember someone, and to pray especially for the salvation of their soul. Call the rectory during regular hours to accomplish this.

Last request for anyone seeking to become a lector for our parish, please contact Deacon John for training opportunities and to be placed on the schedule for the new year. All Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are reminded to return their forms to Deacon John this week.

Reminding all parishioners that the new Mass schedule goes into effect the first weekend of January, 2019. We will include this new schedule in the Christmas mailer so all who are registered will have a copy to refer to.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at 7:00 PM, we will be hosting the Milford Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Saint Mary Church. Come and join us for an evening of prayer, song, and thanksgiving for all our gifts. The goodwill collection taken that evening will benefit Milford Food 2 Kids, whose mission is to feed local school children who have little or no food resources during the weekend away from school. Several of our parishioners are volunteers with this organization, helping in their good work.

Thanks to all who have contributed so far in the annual fund collection for our parish. If you still wish to contribute, just drop in the collection basket on the weekend, or mail your offering to the rectory. All of your generosity is appreciated, and allows us to continue to provide for the needs of our aging physical plants on both campuses.

This Sunday evening, November 11, at Saint Anne Church on Naugatuck Avenue, our ninth and tenth grade religious education students are attending the Father Rob Galea concert for the Catholic youth of the area. Bring your permission slip with you if you have not handed it in already, and see Deacon John at the door for your ticket. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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October 28, 2018

First of all, congratulations to the nearly 70 young men and women who were confirmed by Bishop Peter Rosazza this past Saturday morning. Their presence as newly confirmed Catholics of Precious Blood Parish should serve to inspire us all. Our prayers are that the Holy Spirit continue to guide them, to strengthen them, and lead them to be confident Catholics, who witness to their faith in all they do.

This coming Thursday, November 1, is the Feast of All Saints. Note there is no vigil Mass at either Church. Please check this bulletin for the Mass schedule for the Holy Day. November 2 is the feast of All Souls, and there are envelopes at the doors of the Church if you would like to have a loved one remembered. Simply fill out the envelope and returnit; the envelopes will be on the altar in each Churchfor the month of November.

Recently, the sixth, seventh, and eight graders of our school had two retreat days with Deacon John and Coach Mobilio (our physical education teacher). The days focused on being physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy as we grow. Around 100 young people spent time in reflection and prayer, and all of you are supporting activities like this. Thanks to our parishioners for their continued support.

We are planning an offering for adults concentrating on “end of life” issues. We plan to have speakers on elder care, proper palliative care, how to make plans for funerals, and how to manage family dynamics in various stages of grief. Watch for details to follow soon. If you would like to be part of any presentation on this adult information event, please contact Deacon John. My contact information is on the front of the bulletin.

Beginning in January, we will be in need of some new lectors. If being a reader at Mass is of interest to you, and you might consider being part of this important ministry, please contact Deacon John for information.

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September 30, 2018

As we move into October, here are some thoughts that may apply to some of you, or to someone you know. If you are married, but not married in the Catholic Church, and would like to explore the possibility of having your marriage validated as sacramental (blessed), please contact Father Donahue or Deacon John for information. Marriage in God’s plan has Christ as the center of the marriage. We may be able to help you formalize this for your marriage. Just call or email.

If you know of someone who is not baptized, or baptized in another faith and would like to become Catholic, they would be a candidate for RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. We will begin the RCIA process soon, and you should contact Deacon John with a call or email to explore if you are a candidate.

This weekend, we are beginning to recite the Prayer to Saint Michael before the dismissal at Mass. This is a small recognition that we know evil exists, and we need God’s help to stay safe from all evil. This is a practice that will continue each time we celebrate Eucharist. On Fridays following the 9:00 AM Mass at Saint Agnes Church, we will have an hour of Eucharistic Adoration. This will include recitation of the rosary. Please plan to join us when you can for an hour of prayer and quiet adoration, where you can bring to God all your needs, and join us in prayer for the needs of the Church.

Many thanks to all who helped with this year’s carnival which supports our school. It was great to see so many of our parishioners there, and we were blessed with great weather. Our nearly 400 children in our school and their families are grateful for this continued parish support.

The Precious Blood Ladies Guild kicked off their new year with Mass and a pot luck supper. Thanks to all the ladies who worked so hard to make this coming together as a new guild happen.

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August 26, 2018

Next weekend our parish will have a missionary preacher at Saint Mary Church, and he will return later this fall to preach at Saint Agnes. He is Father Augustine Mangalathu, from the Archdiocese of Trivandrum in Kerala, India. This is the mother diocese of Father Sam and Father Deny, and they have helped arrange for him to be here with us.

Presently in Kerala, there is great devastation from this year’s unusual monsoon season, which has caused extensive flooding and loss of life. As of this writing, almost 400 have lost their lives, and nearly one million have been displaced from their homes. Father Deny’s home church has become a refuge for many in his family’s area. The immediate and long- term needs are staggering, and our hope is that our parishioners will be generous in next week’s second collection at Saint Mary Church, and the one to come at Saint Agnes in the future.

The needs in Kerala are in the Hindu, Muslim, and Christian communities. Our response will go through the Catholic diocese there and will be used to help all, regardless of their faith. We do this not because they are all Catholic, but because we are. Please plan to be as generous as you can.

In our local parish, we want you all to know we are vigilant in making our parish a safe environment, especially for our young people. All who work with children and vulnerable adults are background- checked and VIRTUS trained. Our young people are our treasures, and will always be safeguarded. You may have seen responses from Pope Francis and others, and you received a letter from Archbishop Blair last week. You all have our commitment that Precious Blood Parish will be a place of spiritual growth for our youth, in an atmosphere of safety and security for all. If you wish to read Pope Francis’ letter, it can be found at: w2.vatican.va and is titled: Letter of His Holiness to the People of God.

May we all, strengthened by the Bread of Life, go forth doing all the good we can. God bless.

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August 19, 2018

Locally, the Oyster Festival in town this weekend tells us that summer is quickly coming to a close. School begins in earnest in less than two weeks. As we begin a new year at Saint Mary School, your parish school, we begin with the largest enrollment in seven years, and many new additions to our staff. None of this would be possible without the continued support of so many of you in our parish. We thank you for your continued support, and ask for your continued prayers for our school and all who benefit from our school’s ministry.

We are still looking for a few teachers to assist with Religious Education. If you have previously taught, or would like to begin, we will provide you with materials and training before the school year for Religious Education begins in October. If you check the parish website, you can find the Religious Education section, and all the class times and schedules are there. You can contact Tori Saxer or Deacon John to sign up to teach.

Those being confirmed in October are scheduled for their retreat on September 16, beginning with 4:30 Mass. The retreat will conclude with the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation during a Penance Service. If you are entering grade 11, this is your year to be confirmed.

If you are an adult who is Baptized and made First Communion, but never have been confirmed, classes to prepare for Confirmation begin on September 10. Several have already signed up and there is room for more. This is a four-week program, meeting on four consecutive Monday evenings, that will prepare you to be confirmed at our parish Confirmation on October 27. Call and ask to speak with Deacon John, or email him to sign up.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the parish picnic on September 9, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on the grounds of Saint Agnes. This is a great way to get together with fellow parishioners, enjoy good food and each other’s company. Hope to see many of you there.

May you be blessed with a great end to summer, and all good things to come.

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July 29, 2018

As the summer continues:

We have received a date for Confirmation this Fall. We are pleased that Confirmation will be held on October 27, 2018, at 10:30 AM, at Saint Mary Church with the Most Reverend Peter A. Rosazza presiding.

If you are in your junior year of high school, this is your year to be Confirmed. If you have not heard from us via email about this year’s date for Confirmation, we may not have a correct email address. Please email: religiouseducation@preciousbloodparishmilford.org so we can be sure you are included.

There will be a retreat for those being Confirmed on September 16, 2018, beginning with 4:30 Mass at Saint Mary Church, and concluding around 8:30 PM. The retreat will include the opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation. All those being Confirmed should attend. There will be a rehearsal for Confirmation on October 21, 2018, following the 4:30 Mass. Rehearsal will last less than an hour, and again, all should plan to attend.

Religious Education begins again September 30, 2018, and the class schedule is available on the parish website. We always welcome volunteers that wish to teach our students. Volunteers need to be VIRTUS trained and background checked prior to classes beginning. There will be VIRTUS training here in our parish in September at a date to be determined. If you think you would like to volunteer, or if you have volunteered in the past and would like to continue, please contact Tori Saxer at the email address on the bulletin cover.

Members of the Saint Agnes and Saint Mary Ladies Guilds are in the process of combining into one. They are to be commended for their efforts to reflect that we are one parish now. We are sure this new Precious Blood Ladies Guild will continue service to the parish as the two former Ladies Guilds always have.

May you each have a peaceful and restful remaining time of summer, and may God bring you blessings in all you do.

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July 15, 2018

We are now in the height of the summer season and are enjoying the beauty of living in this seaside community of Milford. It is easy to offer thanks to God when God’s goodness is so evident. We hope all can enjoy the refreshment that summer brings. Precious Blood Parish is growing, and this is good. Our parish school is expecting an increase in enrollment for the seventh year in a row, remarkable when we are aware of Catholic schools struggling or closing, especially nearby. We should all be proud of our school and continue to pray for its success. We continue to build a foundation for the future of the Catholic Church here in Milford.

The sacramental life of the parish is strong. We will Baptize well over 100 children this year and have celebrated over 100 First Communions. We have inquiries for Adult Confirmation and RCIA, and our priests regularly anoint the sick and dying. This year we will certainly exceed 100 funerals, and minister to those families in grief. The priests and deacons are very busy.

We are looking to expand our offerings in the area of Adult Education and Spiritual Enrichment. If you have ideas for topics and areas of interest, please let us know so we can consider these ideas in what we offer. We may look to offer daytime as well as evening programs, so let us know what your preference may be.

A note for those planning weddings: beginning in January of 2019, due to a change in the confession schedule, weddings at Saint Mary Church can start as late as 2:30 PM, and weddings at Saint Agnes Church will be at 2:00PM. We hope this is helpful for those planning their Church wedding.

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July 1, 2018

Do you know someone who was Baptized, made their First Communion, but was never Confirmed? Some of you in our parish may be in this situation. When asked to be a sponsor for Baptism or Confirmation you are presented with the dilemma that you must decline. Precious Blood Parish is offering a course for just this circumstance. Adults who have been Baptized and wish to be Confirmed should sign up with Deacon John at dcn.hoffman@aohct.org, or by calling 203-878-3571. Classes are scheduled for Monday evenings, September 10, 17, 24, and October 1 at 7:00 PM in the rectory. Father Donahue and Deacon John will teach the classes. Confirmation in the Fall would follow.

As soon as we know the date for Confirmation in the Fall, we will inform all those registered with us via email. If your son or daughter will be in Eleventh Grade this Fall, that is the time for their Confirmation. You can check with Tori Saxer, at religiouseducation@preciousbloodparishmilford.org to see if they are registered.

The parish wide picnic is being planned for September 9 on the campus of Saint Agnes Church. This affords us using the Saint Agnes Hall as well, in the event of inclement weather, or if some parishioners need indoor seating to accommodate their needs. The next meeting of the picnic committee will be Wednesday, July 18, at 7:00 PM in the rectory basement at Saint Mary Church. Mark your calendar early and join us from 1-4 PM on September 9.

Remember to watch for the Archdiocesan Synod listening session which will be held later in the summer. All parishioners will be invited to give their input on what the Archdiocese is doing well, and what areas could be improved. More specific information will come over the next several weeks.

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May 27, 2018

We recently finished the first mission of Precious Blood Parish, and all who were able to attend one or more of the evenings were very positive in their response. Father William Garrott, O.P., and Brother Justin and Brother Frassati went beyond expectations in presenting music and a spiritual message that was uplifting and challenging. In addition to the three evenings, Father Bill celebrated the 9:00 AM Mass at Saint Agnes, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and heard confessions after each Mass. Each evening presentation ended around 8:00 PM, but confessions each evening went till around 10:00 PM. Certainly there was a call to repentance that was heard and answered by so many.

Brother Justin and Brother Frassati visited our school children on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. They sang, played the guitar, and answered so many questions, (and really liked playing dodgeball). Our children sang for them, as well, and the brothers were impressed with the spiritual knowledge and prayerful attitude of our school children. The children were of course fascinated by what the brothers wore, their full Dominican Habit.

We are especially grateful to all who took time out of their busy lives to be part of this mission, especially those who braved the Tuesday storm and still were present. Tuesday and Wednesday had nearly 400 persons attend, and Monday was over 500. A credit to so many of you that you place such a high value on your own spiritual health. Many were able to purchase CD’s of the brother’s music and Father Bill’s talks, and all the proceeds go to support the Dominican Seminarians, of which they have 70 this year.

We will certainly plan another mission in the future, thanks again to all who supported this effort.

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May 20, 2018

First, a word of thanks to all who made Father Bill Garrott, O.P., and Brother Justin and Brother Frasatti feel so welcome during our parish mission. It was gratifying that so many of you were open to having your own faith life lifted up and renewed, as we were treated by their spiritual presence. Father Bill was impressed with so many parishioners eager to deepen their faith.

This weekend we celebrate Pentecost, marking the beginning of the Church founded by Christ. Jesus lived, suffered, died, and rose from the dead. This did not end His activity among us. His Church, which we are, continues to do His work in the world each day. Let each of us be more determined, more dedicated, to living out His presence in the world.

Let it be clear in how we treat each other, how we care for the sick and suffering, how we promote life in its fullness, how we are fed by His presence in Eucharist so we can go from our worship and be a positive influence for all we meet. Smile at the stranger, take a few more minutes for prayer, be even more generous that you usually are, be a gentle presence for those who are struggling.

Remember, no one else can be the Church but us. Resolve today that you will make your Church always His Church, and that His will may be done in all things.

May the grace of this Pentecost celebration embolden you to be a more faith-filled Catholic, a more committed Christian, and a sign to all that Jesus lives with us still. God Bless you all.

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May 13, 2018

Is your faith where you would like it to be? Are you growing in your faith? Accept the challenge to become what you receive. Consider strengthening your own faith life by attending one or more evenings of our Parish Mission this week, May 14, 15, and 16. If our faith is not strong, how can we share our faith with anyone? Accept the challenge to become what you receive.

Father William Garrott, O.P., will offer three evenings of reflection, song, and preaching. For those who wish, the rosary will be recited at 6:40 PM, and each evening will begin at 7:00 PM.

Monday evening’s preaching focuses on the unconditional love of the Father and concludes with an invitation to anyone, especially families (intact, broken, troubled, struggling, separated by distance, etc.) to receive a special blessing with the Oil of St. Joseph from the Oratory of St. Joseph in Montreal. Tuesday evening’s preaching focuses on the remedy the Father provides for us in His Son Jesus Who sets us free from sin, enables us to forgive and gives meaning to our suffering. The evening concludes with an invitation for those in need of healing (physical, emotional, spiritual) to adore our Eucharistic Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Wednesday evening’s preaching focuses on the power of the Holy Spirit which enables us to live the Christian life and propels us to be witnesses of Jesus Christ in the world. The evening concludes with a sending forth blessing utilizing a first-class relic of St. John Paul II taken from his blood-soaked sash from the day he was shot. All three evenings will be spiritual, uplifting, and worth your time. I hope you can join us on one or all three evenings.

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April 29, 2018

We are now in the midst of First Communion season. After all the Frist Communion services are concluded, 131 young people will have received their First Holy Communion this year. We congratulate all of them and their families and ask all of you to continue to pray that our parish will be a spiritual home for these children and their families for years to come.

As of this writing, our generous parishioners have contributed $91,000.00 to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. Thank you to all who have contributed so far. If you have not as yet, please consider a gift to help us toward our goal of $110,000.00 for this year. Thanks for being such a generous parish.

Don’t forget the parish mission on May 14, 15, and 16. Father William Garrott, O.P., will provide rewarding evenings of spiritual reflection. Please consider working on your faith life by coming to one or more of these evenings. Our enhanced faith makes our parish even more vibrant. God Bless.

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April 22, 2018

As we continue on in this Easter Season, here are some thoughts to consider:


If Easter has touched your heart, accept the challenge to become what you receive. Consider strengthening your own faith life by attending one or more evenings of our Parish Mission, May 14, 15, and 16. If our faith is not strong, how can we share our faith with anyone? Accept the challenge to become what you receive.

Father William Garrott, O.P., will offer three evenings of reflection, song, and preaching. For those who wish, the rosary will be recited at 6:40 PM, and each evening will begin at 7:00 PM.

Monday evening’s preaching focuses on the unconditional love of the Father and concludes with an invitation to anyone, especially families (intact, broken, troubled, struggling, separated by distance, etc.) to receive a special blessing with the Oil of St. Joseph from the Oratory of St. Joseph in Montreal. Tuesday evening’s preaching focuses on the remedy the Father provides for us in His Son Jesus Who sets us free from sin, enables us to forgive and gives meaning to our suffering. The evening concludes with an invitation for those in need of healing (physical, emotional, spiritual) to adore our Eucharistic Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Wednesday evening’s preaching focuses on the power of the Holy Spirit which enables us to live the Christian life and propels us to be witnesses of Jesus Christ in the world. The evening concludes with a sending forth blessing utilizing a first class relic of St. John Paul II taken from his blood-soaked sash from the day he was shot. All three evenings will be spiritual, uplifting, and worth your time. I hope you can join us on one or all three evenings. Put these in your calendar now.

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March 25, 2018

This week begins the holiest week of the liturgical year. We hope many of you can join us for as many of the important events of this week as you can. Wednesday evening is the celebration of Tenebrae, a solemn and prayerful ending to our Lenten season. We gather in scripture, prayer, and song to mark the end of Lent, and usher in the Triduum, the sacred feast that forms the basis of our faith.

For those of you who are daily Mass persons, especially during Lent, there can be no morning Masses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of Holy Week. We do offer the Liturgy of the Hours, led by our clergy, and prayed in unison with the whole Church. Liturgy of the Hours will be prayed Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning at 7:30 AM, at Saint Mary Church.

Even though it is three days, the Triduum is meant to be viewed as one celebration. At Precious Blood Parish, we will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at Saint Mary Church on Thursday evening, The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Friday afternoon at Saint Agnes Church, and the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night at Saint Mary Church. Please check the times for all services in the bulletin.

As we are one parish now, with two church buildings, we celebrate all the parts of the Triduum together, as one people of faith. We hope your presence with us will help us to mark this solemn statement of faith, and encourage you to arrive early, as we anticipate that some services will be crowded. Remember, a full church is a great sign of hope!

May you be blessed with a peaceful and prayerful Holy Week, as we all anticipate the joy of Easter, where we celebrate that, “He is Risen.” 

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February 11, 2018

As we approach this Lenten Season, beginning on Ash Wednesday, I share some thoughts for the penitential season that it is. The gospel reading for Ash Wednesday calls for us to pray, fast, and give alms.

Here are some suggestions for how to do this:

First, join us for one of the Ash Wednesday services, there are many choices at both churches. Join us for daily Mass during Lent, there are three each weekday, 7:00 AM and 12:05 PM at Saint Mary, and 9:00 AM at Saint Agnes. Avail yourself of the sacrament of Reconciliation, opportunities are available every Saturday and Monday during Lent. Make an effort to attend Stations of the Cross. Stations will be every Friday at 7:30 PM at Saint Agnes. All good ways to pray.

Fasting is required on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and abstaining from meat on all Fridays in Lent. Maybe we can all fast from our other bad habits. Less time online, less time on our phones, more focus on the good people we are with. Just a suggestion.

There will be a collection Ash Wednesday, and the entire collection will go to the poor. Beth El Shelter, the John Rigley Food Pantry, and our parish shelter program will all share in the proceeds. Make almsgiving a regular part of your Lent, let your sacrifice help with your own path to forgiveness.

Try this Lent to be more prayerful, more self- sacrificing, more generous toward the poor. If we do, we will move confidently toward a great Easter celebration, knowing that the Risen Lord lives with us still! 

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December 10, 2017

I hope all of you are immersed in the season of Advent, and allow yourselves time for prayer and worship. Isn’t it nice that Church can be an oasis from the clutter and rush of the holiday season? Our faith helps us to focus on our watchful, waiting attitude, affording us a perspective so we can appreciate the coming, once again, of the Christ child to our lives, and the ever-present Christ, with us in those we meet, especially the struggling and the marginalized.

Watchful and waiting is not easy, as I can attest. For a number of months now, my doctors and I have been waiting and watching a medical condition, which we now agree requires a surgical solution. I would prefer that God just take care of this, but I’ll let the surgeon cooperate with God to bring about the solution. I will be having surgery on December 12, and will be out for six or seven weeks.

If you need to be in touch with me, the best way is email. I would most appreciate your prayers, even though I am usually on the other end of the asking for prayers. Thank you for allowing me to minister to so many of you, it does more for me than you can imagine. God bless you all. 

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November 19, 2017

Thanksgiving approaches this week, and all are invited to join us for the annual Milford Interfaith Service here at Saint Mary Church of Precious Blood Parish. It will be held on Tuesday, November 21, at 7:00 PM. This is a marvelous way to begin your Thanksgiving holiday, joining with your friends and neighbors of Milford to express thanks to God for all God has done for us.

Here at Precious Blood Parish we are thankful for our generous parishioners, supporting two churches and all their various ministries. We serve those who are hungry: those hungry for food are fed, those hungry for community are nourished, those hungry for God’s presence in their lives are sustained by all our Eucharistic celebrations. We serve those who are in need: those in material need are supported, those in need of connections are welcomed, those in need of comfort are sustained in their grief and loss.

We give thanks that God has blessed us with so many people of faith, who put their faith in action in worship and service. We give thanks that God has blessed us with priests, who give of themselves for the people they serve, and give of themselves for the God that they serve. We give thanks that we are a Christ-centered parish; and that the presence of Christ we celebrate in Eucharist is lived out in so many ways by so many of our parishioners.

Take time this week to be thankful for your many blessings— your blessings of family, friends, and faith. Take time this week to thank God above all; the God who loves us so much that He lives among us still. Let Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord, continue to touch your heart, heal your hurts, and lift your spirits so the truth of His enduring presence is evident among us each and every day.

May God Bless each of you with a holy, restful, and peace-filled Thanksgiving Day. 

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October 22, 2017

Father Donahue is pleased to announce the following appointments to the Precious Blood Parish Finance Council:

Anthony Cacciabaudo
Noel Dubois Louis Elmo William Farrell
Jack Jansen
Kevin Kozek
Guiliana Santiago
Al Tonry

These members will meet and advise the pastor on financial matters, and provide an annual report to the parish both in writing and in person at all the Masses on a weekend in February. Please pray for these members who will help us insure we are good stewards of your generosity to us.

130 young people are being Confirmed this Sunday afternoon, October 22, at 1:30 PM by Archbishop Blair. Please keep them in your prayers, and find hope that we are a parish with so many who are willing to affirm their Catholic faith as adults.

All Souls Day is approaching, and as is the Church tradition, we will remember your loved ones all through November. Some of you may have an envelope for All Souls Day in your packet, but if you do not have an All Souls envelope, they are available at the doors of the Church. These envelopes, with the names of your loved ones, will be bundled in ribbon and kept on the altar for all Masses in November, as our parish prays for them together.

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October 8, 2017

Here at Precious Blood Parish, we continue our service to families in grief. Dozens of families have lost a loved one these past months, and as a community we pray for them, we pray for the one who has died, and we pray that God will send his healing to these grieving families.

One of the traditional ways we remember our beloved dead is to offer Masses for them. Since we have merged, there are some daily and weekend Masses available for this year and for 2018. If you wish a Mass for a friend or loved one, simply call the rectory and we will make the arrangements for it.

In Eucharist, Jesus offers Himself again for us. His sacrifice of His total self affords us the opportunity for eternal life. Please consider taking advantage of the opportunity for a Mass offered for the intention of your loved one.

All religious education classes have begun, but it is not too late to register for this year. Go to the parish website, and click on Religious Education, and you will be led to what you need.

We ask everyone’s continued prayers for the residents of Puerto Rico as they piece their lives back together. Catholic Relief Services would be a good choice to direct any donations for these people in need. We will apprise you of plans for a parish collection.

Beginning with the week of October 14/15, you can now make your checks payable to Precious Blood Parish. If you have already done this, your check will be deposited now. Thank you for your patience.

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September 24, 2017

We have all been mesmerized by the destruction of the flooding in Texas, and then the power of the storm called Irma passing through the Caribbean and then Florida and the Southeastern United States. We have been moved by the resolve of those who overcome obstacles, who weather the storm, who vow to rebuild their lives that have appeared to be shattered. We pray for them, we support them, we identify with them.

Many of us know people who live in the affected areas; many of us have been to the affected areas. In the midst of all this, I think of our sister parish in Haiti, Saint Therese in Marbial, where our efforts the past few years have been on helping to provide clean water. Not running water, not electricity, not even considering air conditioning. Power is spotty, if at all available. This is daily life for our sisters and brothers in Haiti.

Let us never forget when we note the loss of so much among us, there are those who live each day with nothing to lose. May our thoughts and prayers never be far from them, as well.

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