Pastor’s Corner
Fr. Dave

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 30, 2017

This weekend is the 17th Sunday in Ordinary time as well as the last week of July. If all goes according to plan, the construction on the front of the Church will begin a week from this Monday on the 7th of August. During the construction, the front entranceway will be demolished and replaced. So, because of the noise, the daily Mass will be downstairs in the hall and the daily Mass congregation will need to enter from the Half Mile side of the parking lot.
 
Since the project will take two weeks to complete, weather permitting, a temporary entrance will be available from the East Rocks side for the weekend of August 12th and 13th. If any funerals come in we may have to do them at St Philip while the jack hammering is in progress. Keeping this in mind, we will be flexible. It will be worth the wait!

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 23, 2017

As you know I am fascinated by beginnings, endings, turning points, and the stories shaped by these events. One thing I have been noticing of late is how many long term parish families are moving away. Two examples are Jim and Barbara Alvord and Ralph and Terri Fredericks. Some people become part of the fabric that is the parish and thus it is for both couples. They have helped and blessed the parish with their talents, faith, and devotion. Ralph and Terri have moved to Florida and Jim and Barbara are going up state. Their departure is a loss for us, but because we are all part of the Body of Christ they will still be tied to us by deep and significant bonds. Our thanks to them for all they have and continue to mean for us.
 

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Raffle Thank You – June 4 2017

I hope all 300 who attended the 22nd annual parish raffle had a great time. From my view point it as a perfect day on so many different levels.

First, people jumped in to help. The sign-up sheet for volunteers went up only one week before the raffle day and still we had many helpers. I am grateful to this year’s leaders: John Kuczo, Karen Christensen, and Missy Ely. They were aided by a large kitchen crew that produced a delicious meal: Kevin & Kathleen Harrington, Vinnie and Amy Russo, the L’Archevesque’s (Lee, Ana, & Lee Jr.), Lorriane & Tom Larkin, Jenn Prescott, Barbara Bagnato, Ronalee Grant, Pat Olson, Woody Wood, Ron Secchi, Bob Yap, Joe Jimenez, Joan Fiorelli-Beran and all those who served and decorated. Special mention should be given to Lee L’Archevesque who headed up the food committee.


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Pentecost Sunday – June 4, 2017

Today is Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the Church. Here at St. Jerome Church we have much to celebrate. This is a community with strong lay involvement. Just last week we saw that strength in an election of new Pastoral Council members from a list of 17 strong candidates. On Saturday June 3rd, we will see another sign of strength: the 20th Annual Parish Raffle.

As I write this, we are ahead of last year and even the weather looks like it will help out. Both my trusted weather apps predict sunshine. The raffle committee led by Karen Christensen, John Kuczo, and Missy Ely has sprung into action, and with lots of team- work, everything will be perfect.


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5th Sunday of Easter – 05/14/2017

Pastoral Council elections are this weekend and next. The list of candidates is both excellent and diverse, so please be sure to vote.
 
As you know, last weekend we had the Annual Catholic Appeal in pew weekend. In addition to the 171 families who had already made pledges, another 50 families made pledges of $10,000. So we go into the second half of May with about $3,500 to go to make our goal of $85,000. Your response last weekend means that we are almost certain to make goal, it will just take a little more time. It is important not only that we make goal and have a high participation rate but that we also do our fair share of the important work being done by the Diocese.
 

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4th Sunday in Easter – May 7, 2017

Astonishing, here it is, the Fourth Sunday of Easter. First Communion is next weekend, as is Mother’s Day. One of the perks of being pastor is that I can choose the Masses at which I preside. I always preside at the 9:15am Mass on Mother’s Day. I do so because it is our tradition here at St. Jerome to have First Communion on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. All year long we have been watching the first communicants prepare for the day. Then, the next day, which is usually a Sunday of Easter, the children come back to be with the 9:15am congregation, who have been praying for them all year long. Add in our May crowning and our weekend blessing of mothers, mix it all together and you have one exciting morning!
 

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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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