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Pastor’s Perspective

Published on October 14th, 2011

Dear Parishioners,

As you know, we have begun using the new sung texts from the revised Roman Missal. (We will begin using the entire new translation in Advent). At this time, the only new words are in the Gloria, the Holy, Holy and the Mystery of Faith.  However, we are using an entirely new Mass (“Mass of Joy and Peace”) which we have never sung until October 2nd.  Consequently, it is not familiar to any of us.  Therefore, I ask you to be ready to participate by having blue hymnal opened to the insert in the back that contains the various acclamations so you can sing them and in the process become familiar with the new Mass.  Remember, Mass is not a spectator sport.  We are there to worship God will our whole selves.

At the end of last month, we held the annual Mass count that is done throughout the diocese.  I do not have the diocesan figures yet, but I can tell you that over that three week period, an average of 54.6% of our parishioners attended Mass here.  While that is about three percentage points higher than last year, it is hardly praiseworthy in light of the serious obligation each of us has to participate in Mass every Sunday.

Bishop Neil Tiedeman from Mandeville, Jamaica, along with his Vicar General and a deacon from the diocese, visited us this past week.  Since I was away, we had room enough for all three of them to stay in the rectory, and Fr. Brandon took good care of them.   While here, they met with diocesan leaders and other folks who have had the opportunity to spend some time in our sister-diocese of Mandeville.  I regret that I was out of town while they were here.

I want to remind you that next Sunday is World-Wide Mission Sunday observed throughout the world.  This year’s theme is “As the Father has sent me, I send you.” (Jn. 20:21).  As you know, the purpose of this annual observance is to reawaken and promote the Church’s missionary nature. Please be generous with you prayer and with your donation.

The Canon Law Convention is over, and I will return from Jacksonville on Monday.

Love, Fr. John

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