Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Western Europe

(Fatima, Santiago de Compostela, Avila, Loyola,
Lourdes, Lisieux and Paris)
Fr Marcel Bouchard/Randy and Bernadette Pinto
October 18 – 31, 2017 (14 days)
$4,499 from Orlando or Boston

Dear Friends,

I invite you to join us on a pilgrimage that is both exciting and soul-searching. We’ll visit and pray at shrines of some of that great cloud of witnesses (Heb. 12:1) in western Europe. We’ll visit Fatima during the 100th anniversary of the apparitions. We’ll celebrate Mass at St. James Cathedral in Santiago. ere will be an opportunity to walk the final steps of the El Camino. We’ll join hundreds praying the rosary in the evening at Lourdes. We’ll visit holy sites in Paris, most notably Notre Dame Cathedral. Much more is included in our spiritual journey from Portugal, through Spain, and into France. On our pilgrimage we’ll celebrate faith, friends, and fun.

Fr. Marcel H. Bouchard,
Pastor St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle Parish, Nantucket, Mass

 

Dear Friends,

Join us in WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE SAINTS and visiting the Marian Shrines of Western Europe that have made their mark on our Catholic spirituality. We have an itinerary that provides an introduction to the important shrines in Portugal, Spain and France. We will form our own Catholic community as we share in the Eucharist at our daily Mass and pray at the holiest of shrines. Our team of tour manager, private coach bus and driver, and spiritual direction of our cousin Fr Marcel will provide a most spirit filled and loving encounter of Jesus, Mary, the Saints and our church in Europe.

Randy & Bernadette Pinto.
Commissioned Lay Ecclesial Ministers Holy Name of Jesus Church, 
Indialantic, Florida

THIS PILGRIMAGE INCLUDES:

Round trip airfare on United Airlines
Breakfast and dinner per itinerary
Specially selected hotel accommodations
Air-conditioned motor coach
Full-time tour manager
Departure tax and current fuel charge

For Information & Reservations Contact:
Randy and Bernadette Pinto
2580 Red Maple Place, Melbourne, FL 32935
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Have questions about this pilgrimage? Ask us! Go to www.Unitours.com/questions.

Unitours will provide the travel arrangements for this tour. You will discover joining us is a wise choice, given Unitours’ extensive worldwide reputation for quality tours since 1957. Under the same American ownership since its founding, Unitours maintains close partners in Tel Aviv, Athens, Italy and London. Unitours has arranged for your transfers, hotels, meals, air-conditioned motor coach, English-speaking guides of the highest quality, sites for your Masses and other services along the way and every detail. You can rest assured that Unitours’ financial security, attention to detail and high standard of service will assure you the most memorable travel experience.

ITINERARY

Wed, Oct 18, Day 1DEPART THE USADepart from Orlando & Boston, connect in Newark, transatlantic to Lisbon, Portugal.

Thurs, Oct 19, Day 2LISBON/SANTAREM/ NAZARE/FATIMAAfter arriving in Lisbon late morning, we will visit the Church of Santo Antonio (St Anthony) and Basilica of Lisbon, go to lunch, and then travel to Santarem, Mass at the Church of the Holy Miracle. Following Mass we have a short visit of the fishing village of Nazare, then dinner and overnight in our hotel in Fatima Village.

Fri, Oct 20, Day 3 – FATIMA SHRINE & EXCURSION TO ALCOBAHAAfter enjoying breakfast, we begin today with Mass at the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. We will also visit the Tombs of Francisco, Jacinto and Sr. Lucia, the Aljustrel where the children lived, and the Valinhos, where Our Lady appeared after the children’s return from prison. This afternoon you can choose between free time for individual sightseeing or personal devotions (rosary or prayers at the Hungarian Stations of the Cross); or, take an excursion to the 12th century monastery of Alcobaha. Founded in 1153, it was one of the most important of the medieval monasteries in Portugal. We return to our hotel in Fatima Village for dinner and overnight.

Sat, Oct 21, Day 4 – FATIMA/BOM JESUS SHRINE/SANTIAGOThis morning after enjoying breakfast, we make our way to Bom Jesus do Monte, one of Portugal’s most spectacular religious sanctuaries. Upon arrival, we celebrate Mass at the Bom Jesus Shrine. Our journey continues as we make our way to Santiago. As we approach Santiago you can choose to walk the final 2-3 kilometers to Saint James Cathedral, the final few steps of the El Camino, which thousands of pilgrims walk each year. We gather at St James for transport to our hotel, dinner, and overnight.

Sun, Oct 22, Day 5 – SANTIAGO: VISIT OF THE SHRINEAfter breakfast, we make our way to St James Cathedral for Mass and then a full day of sightseeing in the city of Spain’s patron saint. After a tour of the Cathedral, we will have a walking tour of this medieval city. There will be ample time during the day to browse through the streets and plazas. We have dinner and overnight in our hotel in Santiago.

Mon, Oct 23, Day 6 – SANTIAGO/LEON/BURGOSAfter breakfast, we have a full day of travel, with a lovely stop in Leon on the way to Burgos. Upon arrival in Leon, we will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral. After lunch, we will have a city guide tour of Leon and the holy sites. We finish our day’s journey to Burgos, dinner and overnight.

Tues, Oct 24, Day 7 – BURGOS/AVILA/BURGOSAfter breakfast, we travel to Avila for the day and visit the holy sites of St Teresa of Avila. Mass today will be in the Cathedral of Avila. After a full day, we travel back to Burgos for dinner and overnight.

Wed, Oct 25, Day 8 – BURGOS/LOYOLA/ LOURDESAfter breakfast we start our day with Mass at the Cathedral of Burgos. After a tour of the Cathedral, we start our journey to Lourdes. At about halfway to Lourdes, we’ll stop in Loyola and visit St Ignatius birthplace and Cathedral. After lunch we’ll get back on the road for Lourdes. We plan on dinner at our hotel in Lourdes. If we arrive on time, we will attend the evening rosary and torchlight procession and return to our hotel for overnight in Lourdes.

Thurs, Oct 26, Day 9 – LOURDESThis day is spent in devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes. After breakfast, we begin with Mass in the Basilica. We visit the legendary waters of the miraculous Lourdes springs, tour the shrine, Boly Mill, Cachot, and the local parish church. After dinner, we will attend the evening rosary and torchlight procession. Return to our hotel for overnight.

Fri, Oct 27, Day 10 – LOURDES/PARISBreakfast, and then travel to Paris via plane. On arrival in Paris, we enjoy an orientation bus tour of the City of Lights. As part of our tour, we pass by the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and travel down the famous Champs-Elysees. After completion of the tour, we will check into our hotel and the balance of the afternoon is free. After dinner, we will embark upon a lovely evening boat cruise along the Seine River to view the stunningly beautiful “City of Light”. We will return to our hotel for overnight.

Sat, Oct 28, Day 11 – PARIS/LISIEUX/BEC ABBEY/ROUEN/PARISToday we are spending the day outside of Paris visiting the holy sites so famous in northern France. We start the day in Lisieux and will have mass in the Basilica of Saint Therese, “The Little Flower.” We then travel a few kilometers to see the Abbey of our Lady of Bec. We conclude with travel to Rouen and trace the steps of St Joan of Arc and see where she went to trial and was martyred. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Paris.

Sun, Oct 29, Day 12 – PARISAfter breakfast, we will tour Notre Dame Cathedral and attend the special Sunday International Mass. After Mass our tour continues with a visit to St Chappelle, and then continue on to the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. We conclude with our visit to the church of St Etienne du Mont (with the tomb of Paris patroness St. Genevieve). Afterwards we have free time for lunch and dinner (on your own) and touring. We have overnight in our hotel in Paris.

Mon, Oct 30, Day 13 – PARISAfter breakfast, we travel to the church of Sacré Coeur for Mass. Balance of the day is free for shopping or personal adventure or optional excursions. We enjoy our farewell dinner in a Parian restaurant and overnight in our hotel in Paris.

Tues, Oct 31, Day 14 – TRAVEL TO USAWith hearts full of gratitude and memories for a lifetime, we transfer to the Paris airport for the return flight home to the USA.

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Altar Servers Honored

After one year of service, these altar servers received their cross during mass. The community prays over the servers and then Fr. Marcel invested them with their crosses.

Altar Server of the Month

Kezia Duarte Received the Knights of Columbus Altar Server of the Month Award On November 10.

Kezia has served at the altar for 8 years and is a teacher of new servers. We offer our thanks and congratulations!

Altar Server Crosses Presented

Adrien Laurencelle, Grant Beebe, Abby Jones, Declan Hehir and Sally Ann Laurencelle (Luci Bresette absent from photo) were presented with their Altar Server Crosses during Mass.  We congratulate them and thank them for their ministry.


Fr. Marcel presenting the crosses during Mass.


The Altar Servers are recognized by the parish family.

St. Mary's App Now Available!

Our app will help you stay connected with everything here at St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church in Nantucket, Massachusetts. You will find direct access to parish news, calendar, and our Mass times. For those that are new, or have been away for a while, we have information to help you learn about the Catholic faith. We also have many resources to help you pray, including Daily Readings in text and audio form, along with some very useful links.

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Bishop's Lenten Message


Diocese of Fall River
Office of the Bishop
Most Reverend Edgar M. de Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.

"Repent, and believe in the gospel." (Mk. 1:15)

"Pour out a spirit of compunction, O God, on those who bow before your majesty.,." (Prayer after communion - Ash Wednesday)

Dear Friends,

We all remember Lent as a time of prayer, penance, fasting, abstinence, a time to give up sweets, smoking, etc. Although all these things are good and noble, Lent is much more than that; it is a time when we are called to "Repent, and believe in the gospel". A time for change, but change can only come about when we are open to hear the Word of God and live by it.

In the first part of Lent, the Gospel texts for weekdays are taken from the Synoptics. The message running throughout is a call to a life of Gospel conversion. We can call this the "ETHICAL" section.

The Gospel readings for the second half of Lent are taken from the Gospel of John, making a presentation of the mystery of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, of whom John says that all who believe in Him will have eternal life. Christ is presented as the healer and life-giver, as the one who gives life through his confrontation with death and gathers into one the scattered children of God. We can call this the "CHRISTOLOGICAL" section.

How do these two sections of the lectionary fit together and what can they tell us about the spirit of Lent? The purpose of the first part of Lent is to bring us to compunction, contrition, and remorse. "Compunction" is etymologically related to the verb "to puncture" and suggests the deflation of our inflated egos, a challenge to any self-deceit about the quality of our lives as disciples of Jesus.

"..,return to me with your whole heart, With fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment." (Joel 2:12-13)

By hitting us again and again with demands which we not only fail to obey, but which we come to recognize as being quite beyond us, the Gospel passages are meant to trouble us, to confront our illusions about ourselves. "Remember, you are dust..." From this perspective, the purpose of Lenten penance is not to confirm us in our sense of virtue but to bring home to us our radical need for conversion and for salvation. "Delay not your conversion to the LORD, put it not off from day to day." (Sirach 5:8)

As we celebrate this Lenten Season during the Holy Year of Mercy, let us keep in mind the merciful love of God, our Father, and let us turn to Him with faith and trust. Let us rejoice in the gift of Salvation which we fully experience at the end of the Lenten Season, when celebrate the Paschal Mystery of the Suffering, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Edgar M. de Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.
Bishop of Fall River

Bishop's Christmas Message

 Diocese of Fall River
Office of the Bishop
Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.

Dear Friends in Christ,

Welcoming the Prince of Peace

One of the questions faced by humanity which theologians, spiritual writers and thinkers throughout the centuries have tried to answer is: Why did God chose to save the world the way he did, by sending his only Son Jesus, to come and become one of us, to be subjected to the human condition, to suffering and death? Could God have done it differently, by the simple act of His word? There is a passage in the third chapter of the Gospel of John which may shed some light on this question. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (John 3:16) 

God knew that with only His word we would not be convinced of his love and mercy; He knew we would need much more to change our lives and be converted in order to be saved. He knew we would need the presence of Jesus, we would need to see Jesus’ acceptance of God’s plan, Jesus’ willingness to empty himself of His godliness and become one of us. God knew we would need Jesus’ witnessing to the Father's love and mercy for all of humanity to the point of giving His son to die for us. As pope Francis said when he announced the Jubilee Year of Mercy, “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy”. Therefore, Jesus’ presence made all the difference. 

The importance and meaning of Christmas is the gift of Jesus’ presence. First, we need to recognize His presence within ourselves, in our lives, our families, and our world. Then, once we accept His presence in our lives, we too become signs of His presence in the lives of others. In a time when individualism is emphasized, defended in every aspect of life and in every corner of the world, we need to recognize that none of us was made to be in isolation or to live for oneself. 

During this year that is coming to an end, our world has seen so much suffering, violence and pain. We have witnessed terrorist attacks, endless wars, the shed of innocent blood, loss of innocent lives, so many hopelessly leaving behind their homes, their land, their history and seeking a future as refugees. We have seen children, too young to understand what is happening to them and their families, losing their lives too early. 

When Jesus was born, the angel appeared to the shepherds and told them: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Lk. 2:14)  When we welcome Jesus, embrace Him, hear His word, accept his teaching, and see his presence in our brothers and sisters, the peace that only God can give, will be truly ours. 

My profound desire this Christmas and my wish to all my brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Fall River, is for the gift of the peace of Christ to reign in their homes, their hearts and their lives. My prayer is also for peace to prevail in our troubled and suffering world. My hope is that in 2016, all humanity may experience harmony and understanding regardless of race, color or religion. My wish is that there may be an end to racial discrimination and to religious persecution; that   refugees find homes, orphans find families, the unemployed find jobs, and that we all find enduring peace.

Sincerely yours in the Lord, 

      Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V.

      Bishop of Fall River

 

AN INVITATION FOR ALL PARISHIONERS

 

SAINT MARY’S PARISH, NANTUCKET

 

THE NEW LITURGICAL YEAR OF 2016

 

STARTING ON THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT, NOVEMBER 28 & 29, 2015

 

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AN INVITATION FOR ALL PARISHIONERS, ESPECIALLY LITURGICAL MINISTERS

 

  • NOVEMBER 28-29, FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    We begin the new year with a blessing of liturgical ministers, at each Mass.

     

 

          

  • JANUARY 3, 2016, EPIPHANY SUNDAY, 12:10pm. Discussion #2. Scriptures in Ordinary Time, year C. 

 

  • FEBRUARY 7, 2016, SUNDAY, 12:10PM discussion #3, Scriptures in Lent.

     

  • MARCH 13, 2016, SUNDAY, 12:10PM discussion #4, Scriptures in Easter.

 

  • MARCH 26, 2016, SATURDAY, 8:00PM Come and celebrate The Easter Vigil with us!

 

The Scriptures In Advent And Christmas

ParishCenter

Sunday, November 29

12:10 Noon - 1:10pm (After The 11:00am Mass)

This is one hour to help all of us enjoy the scriptures more. Please come to this presentation for lectors, leaders of the Children’s Liturgy of the Word, and all interested in theScriptures.

We will look at the great vision of life and the great hope given to us in the readings of Advent and Christmas (from Christmas Eve to the Baptism of the Lord on January 10). . also see the “inner logic” of the choices made by the lectionary framers, the post-Vatican II committees, and Pope Paul VI. The hour will include practical advice on proclamation and how we all can best "hear" them in our hearts.

Our presenter is Thomas Ryan – our parish’s liturgical advisor, the immediate past president of the Cape Cod Council of Churches, and author of the classic "From Ashes toEaster".

On-line Rel. Ed. Registration

On-line Religious Education Registration is now available: Fill Out The Form!

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Website Sponsorships Available!

In the weeks ahead, our parish representative from Solutio, Inc., will be setting up the advertising for our website for the year.

Please consider participating in this effort since the revenue from the ads is what makes the website possible at no cost to the parish.

It’s a great way to get your name in front of the families in the parish.  Advertisements may be purchased for a business, family memorial, or you can sponsor an ad supporting Catholic Charities, Knights of Columbus, Vocations, etc.

Please give these ideas some thought. We need and appreciate your help!  If you are interested or just curious as to prices and want more information, please contact 508.413.3086 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Lauren Bresette

Lauren Bresette

Recipient of the Knights of Columbus Altar Server of the Month Award for December 2014.

We congratulate and thank Lauren for her five years as one of our altar servers.

Altar Servers Invested with Cross

Altar servers trained last fall were invested with the altar server cross last Sunday (September 28).

They are Juliana Bouchard, Richard Brannigan III (Treyce), Lana Bresette, Maisie Cocker, Gillis Cocker, Alexis Connole, Margaret Culkins, Kayleigh Flaherty, Haleigh Johnson, and  Aidan Sullivan.

We thank them and congratulate them and their families for their commitment and dedication – witnessed by their wearing of this cross.

New Bishop Appointed

Letter from Bishop Coleman:

I am extremely happy to inform you that Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has accepted my resignation from the office of Bishop and has named the Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D., as the eighth Bishop of Fall River. Since 2003 Bishop da Cunha has served as Titular Bishop of Ucres and Auxiliary Bishop of Newark.  I have attached a copy of his Curriculum Vitae to this note.

We will introduce Bishop da Cunha to the press at a Conference to be held at 11 a.m. this morning at the Communications Office on Highland Avenue.

I want to take this opportunity to offer a warm welcome to Bishop da Cunha as our new Shepherd.  A member of the Society of Divine Vocations, he has served in a number of capacities in the Society over the years. In addition, he has extensive experience in vocations work and as a parish priest.

I have spoken to Bishop da Cunha several times and he is looking forward to his new assignment. His installation as Bishop will be take place on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at Saint Mary’s Cathedral.  More information about the details of the Installation will be distributed as soon as they are set.

As you know, I have looked forward to the Holy Father’s acceptance of my request to resign from the office of Bishop; I am just as pleased that he has name Bishop da Cunha as my successor.  I know that you join me not only in welcoming him, but also in assuring him of our fraternal support and prayers.  This is a joyful day for the Church of Fall River!

With a grateful heart, I  thank you for your prayers and support, for all that you have done in assisting me not only as your Bishop for the past eleven years, but throughout the fifty years of my priesthood here in the Diocese. I will have a better opportunity to convey that to you and to the people of the Diocese next month.

On a practical note, since the Diocese becomes vacant with the naming of a new Bishop, the bishop’s name should be omitted in the Eucharistic prayer until Bishop da Cunha takes possession of the Diocese in September.

Let us thank Almighty God for the gift of a new Shepherd and rejoice in welcoming Bishop da Cunha.

Fraternally yours in Christ,
+ George W. Coleman

Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.
Auxiliary Bishop of Newark
Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia

Curriculun Vitae

The Most Reverend Edgar Moreira da Cunha, SDV, was born in Nova Fatima, Bahia, Brazil, on August 21, 1953, the son of Manoel and Josefa Moreira.

He attended local schools in Nova Fatima, Bahia, including the minor seminary (or Vocationary) of the Vocationist Fathers in Riachão do Jacuípe.  There he joined the Vocationist Fathers, also known as the Society of Divine Vocations. He studied Philosophy at Universidade Catolica do Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, and Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington, New Jersey, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree.

Bishop da Cunha was ordained to the priesthood for the Society of Divine Vocations, in the Church of St. Michael, Newark, by Bishop Joseph A. Francis, S.V.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Newark, on March 27, 1982.  Following his ordination he served as a parochial vicar of St. Michael Church, Newark, and as director of vocations for his Congregation.  In 1983, when the Archdiocese entrusted Saint Nicholas Parish, Palisades Park, to the Vocationist Fathers, Bishop da Cunha was transferred there to serve as parochial vicar and vice superior of the local community and at the same time continued his ministry of promoting vocations.

During his time as vocation director he was very active and served on the board of the Eastern Religious Vocations Directors Association.  In 1987 he was appointed pastor of St. Nicholas Parish.  In 1992 he was elected secretary of the Council of the Vocationist Delegation in the United States.

From 1994 until 2000, Bishop da Cunha served as novice master and director of the Vocationary, the house of formation that the Society maintains in Florham Park, N.J.

Edgar M. da Cunha’s appointment as Titular Bishop of Ucres and Auxiliary Bishop of Newark was announced by the Holy See on June 27, 2003, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. He was Ordained a Bishop on September 3rd, 2003, at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Basilica; and was appointed Regional Bishop for Essex County on October 15, 2003; and Vicar for Evangelization on May 4, 2005.  He was named Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Newark on June 6, 2013.

Bishop da Cunha is presently a member of the Archdiocesan Board of Consultors, Presbyteral Council, the Clergy Personnel Board; the NJCC Board of Bishops and chairman of NJCC Public Policy Committee; he has served as member of the USCCB  Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church; Committee on Migration and currently he is a member of the Sub-Committee on the Church in Latin America, the Sub-Committee on Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugee and Travelers; he serves as a Consultor to the Sub-Committee on Hispanic Affairs;  he also serves as Episcopal Liaison to the Brazilian Apostolate (in the U.S.).  He is Chairman of the Archdiocesan Implementation Team (for the New Energies – Parish Transition Project in the Archdiocese of Newark.

Pope Francis Food For All Campaign

ln his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium just released, Pope Francis has eloquently reminded us, "ln all places and circumstances, Christians, with the help of their pastors, are called to hear the cry of the poor'(191). Nearly one person in eight does not get enough to eat every day; yet the world produces enough food for everyone. This is the scandal that our hunger campaign is urgently calling us to address, The launch of the One Human Family, Food for All campaign coincides with the period of Advent, when ue focus on the mystery of the lncarnation of our Lord. One of the ways Jesus is manifest to us is in the faces of the poor, the excluded, the outcast, and the marginalized (Mt 25). The One Human Family, Food for A llcampaign will provide Catholics in the United States and around the world with the opportunity to bring Christ's love to those in need, through prayer and through action.


On Tuesday, December 10,2013, Pope Francis will launch the campaign with a five-minute video (see below). At noon local time, a global wave of prayer will begin on the lsland of Samoa and will progress around the world in each time zone until it reaches the island again some 24 hours and more than 164 countries later. While all prayers are helpful, the campaign has provided the prayer below which is also available in Spanish and French.


We are invited to join our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world by praying at noon on December 10th.

 

ONE HUMAN FAMILY FOOD FOR ALL PRAYER

O God, you entrusted to us the fruits of all creation so that we might care for the earth and be nourished with its bounty.You sent us your Son to share our very flesh and blood and to teach us your Law of Love. Through His death and resurrection, we have been formed into one human family.


Jesus showed great concern for those who had no food - even transforming five loaves and two fish into a banquet that served five thousand and many more.
We come before you, O God, conscious of our faults and failures, but full of hope, to share food with all members in this global family.


Through your wisdom, inspire leaders of government and of business, as well as all the world's citizens, to find just, and charitable solutions to end hunger by assuring that all people enjoy the right to food.


Thus we pray, O God, that when we present ourselves for Divine Judgment, we can proclaim ourselves as "One Human Family" with "Food for All". AMEN.

Caritas.org, Catholic Relief Services.

First Communion & Confirmation Photos Available!

Photos taken by Laurie Richards of Pixel Perfect at our 2 First Communions and Confirmation are now available. Click on the appropriate link below to view and purchase photos.

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Mobile OnLine Giving Now Available

Online Giving Version 3.9, effective January 9, 2014 is being released to improve user experience and performance. The Online Giving website will now respond to the platform accessing it whether from a personal computer or mobile technology.

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