Dear Friends,

Now that our annual celebration of Christmas and its attending feasts has concluded, I want to thank all those who helped to make this Christmas both beautiful and special here at Precious Blood Parish. The decorations at both churches were magnificent and festive, worthy of the mystery we celebrate at Christmas. The music in both churches was also beautiful and served to help us lift our hearts to God in wonder and worship. To all who helped to decorate and to clean both St. Mary’s and St. Agnes’ churches, and to all who worked to make the music of the season so beautiful, in the name of the parish I offer profound gratitude. I also want to thank you, the people of the parish, for your ongoing presence and generous support of our parish.

The first two weekends under the revised Mass and confession schedule have gone quite well. It seems that we all have adapted and adjusted to a new situation with very few glitches. Your understanding, cooperation, and flexibility are most appreciated.

As I write these words, the meteorologists are warning of a possible major winter storm that will affect this weekend. By way of reminder, we have a policy in effect regarding weekday Masses and parish meetings. If the Milford Public Schools are closed because of inclement and dangerous weather conditions, the morning Masses at both St. Mary’s and St. Agnes’ will be cancelled as will all parish meetings. If the Masses have intentions attached to them, the intentions will be moved to the next available Mass. Regarding Saturday evening and Sunday Masses, we will celebrate them as scheduled. Weekend Masses will be cancelled only on the rare occasion that the Archbishop dispenses the faithful from the obligation to attend Mass due to severe weather conditions. All of this is aimed at insuring the safety of everyone. Of course, if there is ever a question of personal safety on a given weekend, use your best judgement with a good conscience.

Have a good week!