A Word From Our Pastor

“One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, that I may gaze on the loveliness of the Lord and contemplate His temple.”  (Psalm 27)

One of the experiences as a child I will always remember is how often my grand-mother would love to make visits to our parish church. She would often take either me or another of my siblings with her in the evening to say the rosary together, or to attend the St. Anthony and St. Jude novenas. She would go every day to make a visit to the church, even if it was just to say hello to Jesus or to our Blessed Mother. I felt sad for her when her physical ailments became too great as the years went on, as she couldn’t make visits any longer. She was very sad herself for not being able to “dwell in the house of the Lord...” as today’s responsorial psalm describes the “loveliness of the Lord’s temple.”  Even though the parish priest or sister would come to visit her at her home, she still missed her parish church so much and would give anything just to be able to make a visit once more. We who live today are so blessed to have the technology that helps us to stay connected to our parish church in a very concrete way.  We are now able to view the video recording of our parish Sunday Mass for anyone unable to attend.  Our sick and elderly parishioners who are homebound are the special recipients of this great gift.  All folks have to do is connect to our parish web-site and click on the video that shows our weekend Mass that was celebrated. What a great blessing from our Lord: to be able to see the Mass at our own Blessed Sacrament church, and seeing the altar, the celebrant, the lector and cantor, and parishioners. And now to be able to see and hear the Mass just by tuning in at our convenience!  This new feature of our parish ministry is important for two reasons:   1.) To help all of us stay connected to the Eucharist and to one another.  Nothing can even separate us as a parish family, a faith community.   2.) To respond to the Lord who calls us to share in His ministry of spreading the Gospel.  In today’s Gospel Jesus calls Andrew and Peter to follow Him: “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” No matter what state of health or ability to get around we are in, we are still called to do the Lord’s ministry in our daily lives. Being sick or homebound, we can pray the Mass and unite our sufferings and limitations with Jesus’s sufferings, which is highly redemptive for our world.  So enjoy the video of the Mass and remember that Jesus calls you still to minister through the Eucharist.          ~ Fr. John

Living the Faith: "Through Baptism, we Christians are all annointed
by the election of the Lord, and this is a pure gift.  Today, let us ask
the Holy Spirit to be able to preserve this gift with faithfulness. 
This is Christian holiness. 
”     

~ Pope Francis    

                                                                                         

 

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Diocese of Manchester

Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

153 Ash Street
Manchester, NH 03104-4396

T: (603) 669-3100
F: (603) 669-0377