May 1, 2016 – A View from the Rectory Window

This weekend, on Saturday, April 30, sixty-one young ladies and gentlemen received their First Holy Communion.

As we prepare for this beautiful moment in the life of our parish, I am reminded of a story that is told of a particular census taker who went to the home of a rather poor family in the mountains of West Virginia to gather information.  He asked the mother how many dependents she had.  She began, “Well, there is Rosie, and Billy, and Lewella, Susie, Harry, and Jeffrey. There’s Johnny, and Harvey, and our dog, Willie.”  It was then that the census taker interrupted her and said:  “No, ma’am, that’s not necessary.  I only need the humans.”   “Ah,” she said. “Well, there is Rosie, and Billy, and Lewella, Susie, Harry, and Jeffrey, Johnny, and Harvey, and….”  But, once again, the census taker interrupted her.  Slightly exasperated, he said, “No, ma’am, you don’t seem to understand. I don’t need their names, I just need the numbers.”  To which the old woman replied, “But I don’t know them by numbers.  I only know them by name.”

For these children and their families:

Ryan Bacon, Ryan Baldwin, Anne Bernier, Lilyana Beningo, Meghan Berns, Drake Brogan, Fischer Brogan, Connor Cannaday, Abbey Cappelletti, Nathan Collins, Jacob Collo, Jordan Costantino, Domenico Cuce, Adalyn DeAngelis, Anthony DeFranco, Nicholas DeFranco, Grace DeNardo, Leah Drewnowski, Luke Finnegan, Addisyn Fisher, Brendan Gallagher, Daniel Gardner, Logan Hayes, Sean Hoag, Lillian Horner, Jona Lord Hudgins, Mia Kaczmarski, Jonah Larkin, Angel Lopez-Marin, Alexander McCormick, Erin McMahon, Manuel Morales, Jackson Mulford, Taylor Mulford, Julianne Nagle, Gwendolyn O’Hara, Briana Ortiz, Luke Passarella, Sophia Pero, Rainey Puerta, Molly Quinn, Piper Quinn, Joseph Raab, Hilarie Ragan, Mason Raucci, Charles Reich, Grace Rossetto, Garrett Sampson, Finn Sarian, Michael Scanlan, Caitlyn Schaffer, Emma Schulke, Audrey Simon, Jada Smith, Natalie Stoltz, Thomas Walkup, Jeffrey Warren, John Williams, Kyle Williams, Paige Wontroba, Liam Zintner

I ask you to pray that Jesus the good shepherd who knows his sheep by name, fill them with His life and His love each and every time they receive Him in Holy Communion.

I am grateful to their parents, our catechists, Mr. Thomas Maguire and the faculty of Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School, Mrs. Wurtz and Mrs. Bross for all their efforts in preparing these, our children, for this wondrous day in their lives.

After your own reception of the body of the Lord, I invite you to join us:

* This weekend, Sunday, May 1, following the 9:30 Mass, with our First Holy Communicants, for the May Crowning at the Shrine of the Blessed Mother at the Church of the Resurrection.

* Following the May Crowning, for hospitality in the parish pavilion.

Fr. Pete


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Sunday, May 1, 2016 Father Pete invited the First Communion Class to the 9:30 am Mass. During the Mass Father Pete asked all the children to join him in preparing the altar and viewing the consecration of the bread and wine. At the end of Mass the children were invited back to the altar and to Saint Mary’s statue for her crowning.

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