On this 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A. October 4th, 2020.

Dear Sisters and Brothers of Saint Therese Parish,
 
I hope you all had a good week. As I began to write this little column last evening a heavy fog was rolling in. Then early this morning it was raining. Now at mid morning the sun is out and it is warm again. Montauk certainly is interesting! And I am finding more and more that the people who live here are warm, welcoming and very generous. (Just as I’m writing this in the rectory, one of our Lectors knocked on the door to give me a large bag of organic fresh picked vegetables!)
 
So this weekend we are having the Blessing of the Animals for the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. And then picking the raffle winner for the “Cherub Chances” that helps support our nursery school. I love going over to my office in the Pastoral Center every morning after Mass and seeing all those little kids and their dedicated teachers. It brings out my “inner grandfather”. My prayer is that their early life experience of such safety and love at Saint Therese will be a foundation on which to build their faith lives through all the rest of the stages of their lives.
 
Speaking of which...just to put on your calendars...as a parish we will be celebrating First Communion at the 10:30AM Mass on October 25th. These children were supposed to receive their First Communion last May but because of Covid it had to be postponed. So they are ready! And Confirmation this year will be celebrated at the 5:00 PM Mass on November 14th. Again, because of the coronavirus, the Bishops are not going around to the parishes to confirm. So the Pastors have been delegated to confirm in their place...which is quite an honor.
 
And in the “talking about it” stages, we hope to host an ecumenical service outdoors for our first responders, in thanksgiving for all they do for us and in blessings for their safety. I know we continue to be masked and socially distant but a community can still grow and be strengthened as we try to keep one another safe and healthy. So let’s stay connected and not let anyone be too isolated or feeling forgotten, especially the most vulnerable among us.
 
Blessings and peace,
Father Bob, C.P.