On this 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A. September 27th, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers of Saint Therese Parish,
 
The cooler evenings and crisp mornings are a clear sign that the beautiful season of Fall is upon us. And in this Fall season we are also ushered into the festivals and feasts of many interesting and inspiring saints.
 
On September 27th the Church honors Saint Vincent de Paul, champion of those most in need of clothing and food and housing. Many of us know the tremendous charitable works of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. We also know of the ministry of the Vincentian Fathers for so many years here on the East End with our Spanish speaking brothers and sisters, especially here at Saint Therese of Lisieux Parish.
 
On September 29th the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel who is the patron saint of police. I have many members of my family who are in various police departments and I try to give each of them a medal of Saint Michael that they can wear in their police hats for protection through the intercession of Saint Michael...a long ago tradition among Catholic cops. It’s a tough job and we pray in gratitude for those who serve and protect us everyday.
 
And of course our own Saint Therese on October 1st. I hope you can join us for the 8:30 morning Mass on that day. It gives us a special chance to pray for all the needs of our parish and everyone in Montauk. Many people bring roses to her statue, or light candles in front of it, praying for her intercession. As always our church will be open throughout the day if you want to make a visit. The beautiful stained glass windows tell the story of the “Little Flower’s” simple yet amazing life.
 
And then there is the festival of the Guardian Angels on October 2nd. Those of us who are older may remember the prayer we said everyday: “Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s Love commits me here. Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide my life. Amen.” Maybe you still say it. I do.
 
The feast of Saint Francis of Assisi is on October 4th. We pray of course for Pope Francis who took the name Francis so that he, like his patron saint, may witness to a poor and simple lifestyle. Our Holy Father also wrote a beautiful encyclical on the Care of the Earth, another Franciscan charism around the beauty of all creation. In that same spirit our parish community, and anyone who wishes to join us, will celebrate the tradition of the BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS AND PETS on Saturday morning, October 3rd, at 10AM on the grounds beside the parish center. So bring your lions, tigers, bears, dogs, cats, gerbils, goldfish...and we will bless them. No, they don’t have to be Catholic! Every pet is welcome.
 
Have a great week, everybody!
Blessings and peace, Father Bob, C.P.