06/17/12 Pastor’s Message

June 25th, 2012 by helen in Pastor Message Archive 2012

From Fr. Dennis’ Desk

Brake the Cycle

In today’s Gospel, Jesus again uses parables to tell the story of the Kingdom of God.  He compares the Kingdom to a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, which sprouts and produces the largest of plants.  How bountiful is the Kingdom, given to us in the waters of Baptism, to grow with God’s grace and tender care!

I have known the ministry of “Brake the Cycle” from St. Bridget parish in Manchester  for many years.  They are a group of enthusiastic men and women who ride bicycles across the state of Connecticut, witnesses to Gospel truth and Catholic Social teaching.  They ride for a week every year in June to many Catholic parishes and, along the way, they visit many ministries who work for the elimination of poverty and hunger in the United States. They are motivated by their faith and trust in Jesus, and they seek to raise awareness of poverty in the United States.

Not just dry statistics, their presentation is at once personal witness, faith sharing, education, and call to advocacy on behalf of the most vulnerable among us.  They call attention to the uninsured, the working poor, and those who teeter on the brink of food insecurity.  Uncertainty where your family’s next meal is coming from is a frightening reality for many families in our own area and throughout our society.

Can you spare one hour to come and welcome this group on Monday, June 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Father Fanning hall?  There is something compelling about hearing their plea on behalf of those who have no voice in our society.  It is not a fundraiser, but a way to raise awareness.  St. John of the Cross will be hosting them overnight, providing them basic necessities; they will be present the next morning for morning Mass.  We will then give them a blessing and send them on their way to their next destination.

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!  We welcome and thank all fathers and grandfathers who worship with us today.  I think of St. Joseph, the foster father of the Lord Jesus, teaching Him how to be a carpenter.  What a precious gift we have from our fathers, whose lives are a mirror of God’s love.  We pray today for all fathers, living and deceased, in thanksgiving for the gift they are to us, their sons and daughters.  If your relationship with your father has been strained by family strife, separation, divorce, or addiction, we pray in a special way for healing for these relationships.

In God the Father,

Fr. Dennis J. Vincenzo

 

 

 

 

 

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