What shall we do next?
Dear Brothers Sisters,
There are still many questions lingering about our immediate future. So much so that it’s very hard to plan anything or even control our anxiety. As we continue to pray to Lord to help us in this time of uncertainty, we do need to continue doing what we have always done, that is, TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER! Maybe we are not able to do so in the way we did in the past, but nonetheless, we still can do it! There are two golden opportunities right now to help those in need. We are still promoting the Virtual Walk for the Poor to raise funds for St. Vincent de Paul, and we are looking for volunteers to help us with the Sandwich Ministry. In the Gospel this week we will hear Jesus answering that his brothers are those who HEAR the word of God and ACT ON IT! I believe it’s a call for all of us to look upon our lives and ask, what is God asking me today? I’m sure that God will help you discern his divine will for you.
On that note, we will also continue to promote God’s word by ways of talks, prayers, and other initiatives. We will do everything safely, with prudence, and with social distancing. Indeed, some of our groups began meeting again through zoom, like the Bible Study, and IC Book Study, while others continue to meet in the Church, like the Cenacle on Monday’s at 6:00pm.
WE DID IT!
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I’m very happy to announce that the whole parish came together in prayer for 48 continuous hours. I must confess that after launching the initiative, I had second thoughts about the length of exposition. I thought that it was too long and maybe we would not have many people to cover all the hours. As Jesus would say, “O man of little faith”… it was very breathtaking to see so many people of all ages coming to pray at all different times. We certainly need to continue interceding for the whole world before the Eucharist presence of Christ. As we are restricted in many activities due to Covid, certainly praying is not one of them. Even if some of us can’t come physically into church yet (everything is being broadcasted online), we can be united in Christ wherever we are. We are looking into new dates for the next adoration, so stay tuned. If someone has any ideas or feedback, please reach out to us through the website or call us at the office.
Thank you for your saying “Yes” to the Lord.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As we hear in the Gospel this weekend, “for where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” says Jesus, I would like to point out to you a ecumenical group of prayer that meets very month praying for our nation. Please consider joining in prayer next week.
United We Pray
Bells of Repentance
Monthly prayer gatherings at Union Common in Marlborough, corner of Main Street and Route 85 12:00 noon - Rain or shine
Second Saturday of every month
There is limited on-street parking adjacent to the common. A public parking lot is located diagonally across Main Street. You’ll need about ten minutes to get from the parking lot across the street and onto the Union Common grounds
We are the only nation on Earth whose founders pointed to God when declaring their independence as a nation, specifically expressing that we derive our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness from God.
Despite the freedom, prosperity and many blessings we enjoy as a nation, we now find ourselves deeply divided in a culture that has abandoned the spiritual foundation upon which it was built. While we were never a perfect nation, we believe conditions are so dire today that only divine intervention can heal our land and set us back on course. We agree with President Abraham Lincoln who said, “It is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon.” And so, we gather briefly every month to take personal responsibility, whether we have directly contributed to our nation’s decline or stood by and allowed the decay to take root. Our purpose is to gather in unity, to repent for our failings, to resolve to do better, and appeal for God’s mercy upon our land. If you believe prayer is powerful when two or more are gathered, consider how much more so if a community gathers, united as one.
Father Steven Clemence