Pastor’s Message 03/12/2017

March 27th, 2017 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive

From the Desk of Father Dennis

By the Skin of Their Teeth

I just got off the telephone with Father Tom, a Pastor in the New Haven area, who has been my friend for almost twenty years.  Father has long been a mentor to me, a model of what a priest should be.  He is ordained almost forty years, and he is a caring, compassionate and loving shepherd.  I called him to inquire about a planned trip, leaving (yesterday) for Haiti for a ten day medical mission; Fr. Tom has been on humanitarian trips dozens of times with groups from his parishes and from advocacy groups based in Connecticut.

He is traveling right now with eight others, mostly dentists and nurses.  They are carrying life-saving antibiotics to use in the vital clinics.  The doctors perform delicate surgeries to stave off infections, and to quite literally give impoverished people their lives back.

If you have been following them news of late, you know that Haiti has been devastated by horrific earthquakes which slashed the country’s landscapes and made most roads impassable and dangerous.  Structural integrity on ramshackle buildings threatens to make matters worse.

One aid group urged Fr. Tom and his group not to go; indeed, most of the group (over twenty) bowed out.  Fr. Tom and the health professionals felt a strong need to go to alleviate even a little of their sufferings.  When you have so little, even lighting a candle in the proverbial darkness guides some precious ones to safety.

I share this story not to foment Lenten guilt, but to help all of us to examine how our choices can make a difference.  The next time you turn on the water to brush your well cared for teeth (turn off the water to conserve), think of those who do not have what you have.  Think of those who do not know where their next clean drinkable water will come from, not to mention food for their families.

Update as soon as I get it.

United in Christ’s peace,

Rev. Dennis J. Vincenzo

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