Dear Friends,

A word of explanation is in order regarding the recent rearrangement of some of the furnishings in the sanctuary at St. Agnes. Over a month ago, we moved the presider’s chair, the chair used by the priest at Mass, as well as the deacon’s chair down from behind the altar off to the right side of the sanctuary looking out. The reason for this is that the Church does not envision the entire Mass being celebrated at the altar. The altar is reserved for the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the part of the Mass which commemorates the Lord’s sacrifice on the cross. This part of the Mass runs from the reception and preparation of the gifts until the reception of Communion by the people is completed, at which time the altar is cleared. During most of the rest of the Mass, the priest and the deacon perform their ministry from their place at their respective chairs. Of course, the Liturgy of the Word which entails the reading of the Scriptures as well as the homily is focused on the pulpit, also known as the ambo. While Father Callahan was in residence at St. Agnes and assisting with the celebration of Masses, we left the chairs where they were out of consideration for his age and ease of mobility. Since Father Callahan has moved to Fairfield, there is no longer a need for the chairs to remain where they were.

A reminder is in order regarding the reception in honor of Father Callahan which will take place next Sunday, October 28, from 1:00-3:00 PM in the hall at St. Agnes. Father Callahan served St. Agnes well as its pastor for thirty-four years and I hope that many of you will come to greet him, wish him well, and to thank him for his tireless service.

I mentioned last weekend the All Souls’ envelopes. Those of you who use parish support envelopes will find one in your packets this month. Those who do not use envelopes may nonetheless find some available at the entrances of both churches. Drop these into the collection basket. They will be collected and placed on the altar in both churches. Those whose names are written on them will be remembered in a special way at all Masses during the month of November.

On Wednesday, November 7, at 7:30 PM at St. Agnes, we will be celebrating the annual Mass of Remembrance for all who have died and were buried from either St. Mary’s or St. Agnes’ churches since last All Souls’ Day. After the homily, their names will be read and a candle will be lighted in their memory. A reception will follow in the hall.

Finally, once again this year the Milford Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held at St. Mary’s on Tuesday, November 20 at 7:00 PM. All are invited.

Have a good week!