Pastor’s Corner
Fr. Dave

Easter Sunday – April 16, 2017

I am writing this on Palm Sunday evening. On this Palm Sunday when we proclaim Matthew’s version of the Passion narrative, I am thinking ahead to the triduum, which highlights the pattern of the Christian life: dying and rising. On that first Easter Jesus sets the bar. He empties himself completely through his life and death, a death that comes about because he remains faithful and challenges power. Then on that Sunday the Father raises Jesus up so that the Power of the Holy Spirit might be released. It is that Spirit who is the Spirit of Jesus in the world that empowers all the good we see around us.

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5th Sunday in Lent – April 2, 2017

Three things came together for me this weekend, all of them speak to the strength of this parish. On Friday night, Domenica Gioiella gave a witness talk at our Lenten Soup and Bread. In that talk, she spoke of the many, many, heroes and heroines in the first half of the parish history. Throughout our history as a parish, there have always been “the twelve”. When I use that term I am thinking both of the 12 Apostles but also of the foundational group of lay leaders who make this parish what it is. Of course, it is almost always more than twelve. (In our case it is probably 4 times that number.) As Domenica started to name them, she told everyone present to stop and say his or her own name because they too are in that number.

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4th Sunday of Lent – March 26, 2017

You will be reading this on the Fourth Sunday of Lent, traditionally known as Laetare Sunday . The name comes from the first word of the opening prayer – Rejoice. This Sunday is a turning point in Lent. Prior to today, Lent has been trying to make us aware of our sinfulness and need for repentance. From today until the end of Lent, the focus will be on Jesus and all he has done for us – cause for rejoicing indeed.

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3rd Sunday in Lent – March 19, 2017

Lent is moving along quickly and who would have guessed that February would be mild and the first two weeks of Lent snowy! I am writing this the day before the blizzard and I must admit to feeling some excitement about the upcoming storm.
 
Those of you who know me well know that my second choice for a profession would have been that of a meteorologist. So let me combine both and do a theological reflection on snow days. First, I love them. They are pure gift. Here at St. Jerome, no one is in the building, the phone is not ringing. It is usually beautiful outside. There is empty/full time and no pressure.

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2nd Sunday in Lent – March 12, 2017

I am writing this on Wednesday morning March 8th. I say that because I am going to look both backwards and forwards. Last Sunday was the First Sunday of Lent. Traditionally, it is the day when the Bishop calls the Catechumens (those to be Baptized) and the Candidates (those to be either fully initiated or received into the Church) to the Easter Sacraments.
 
This year the ceremony was held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield and 1200 people packed the Church! We tend to focus on what happens in the local parish but as Catholics, we should never forget that we belong both to a Diocese, led by a Bishop, and to a wider Church to which we are linked by that same Bishop, in our case, Bishop Frank Caggiano. Our five candidates: Brett Sullivan, Gaye Joyce, Luisabel Rosario, Luisa Rosario and Luisana Rosario were all astounded to realize that they were now part of something worldwide.

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1st Sunday in Lent

Lent is here and so there is still time to make a resolution. I recommend a few moments in which you ask the Lord to show you the one area of your life that needs attention. Don’t assume you know the answer. Ask the Lord and wait for him to give you an inspiration. You might be surprised.

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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 12, 2017

Two weeks ago, 42 people either from or connected to the parish had the great chance to visit Fr. Rojin’s parish in the state of Kerala in India. Fr. Rojin had told me that Kerala is God’s country. I, of course, told him that Ireland is God’s country, but that Kerala is a close second.

These days many Catholics who live in the Northeast see a decline in Church attendance, a decline that even St. Jerome parish is experiencing. I am happy to tell you that the Church is alive and well in India, and especially in Kerala.


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4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 29, 2017

I am writing this on Sunday, January 22nd. You will be reading it the weekend of January 29th and our parish trip to India will find us at Fr. Rojin’s home parish in Marygiri, Kerala. The plan is for us to have Mass with the children of the parish and for me to give them a short homily. That should be a sight.


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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 22, 2017

You will be reading this on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 22nd. Tomor- row, 42 of us will be on our way to India. As I look forward to the trip, I am sure that one of the highlights will be to Fr. Rojin’s home parish. Next Sunday, I will get to meet Fr Rojin’s family, including a newborn niece. I will also meet his former and present Archbishops’. I will tell them what they already know, Fr. Rojin is an exceptional, wonderful priest who in a very short time has captured our hearts.

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Feast of the Epiphany – January 8, 2016

You will be reading this on the Feast of the Epiphany which also happens to be the weekend of Emmaus 39. This weekend 13 teens and a team of 45 will head to Danbury for a weekend of community, prayer, fun and an atmosphere designed to help the teens see and experience the depth of God’s love. Each year Emmaus proves to be life changing for one or more of the candidates. Without an adult team and many returning college students we could not undertake such a huge task. Every Emmaus weekend is an example of God’s Grace at work in this community.

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