Dear Sisters and Brothers of Saint Therese Parish,
Today we join the Church throughout the world in celebrating the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. It is our belief as Catholics, after year upon year of theological thought, prayerful discernment, Councils and Synods, that the essence of God is Three Persons -Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In other words the very nature of God is relationship. So when we are acting in love toward another we are indeed in the “ image of God”. In our loving we get a glimpse of the nature of God.
Let us pray too for our neighboring parish in East Hampton. May Father Ryan Creamer as Pastor, and all the parishioners of Most Holy Trinity, be blessed in a special way today on their feast day.
And on this Memorial Day weekend let us remember all of those men and women who have died while serving in the military of the United States of America. We owe them a debt of gratitude.
And speaking of gratitude, on behalf of all of us I want to thank our Office Manager and Accountant Chris Murray for his years of service here at Saint Therese. I am particularly grateful to Chris for helping me through this transition since my coming here as Pastor. He has decided it is time for him to move on and I know you join me in praying that the next chapter of Chris’s life will be fulfilling for him and his lovely family.
On May 19th we received word from the Diocese of Rockville Centre that we could now return to full capacity in the church although we should still wear masks until further notice. While we are not yet able to receive from the chalice or fill the fonts with holy water, we will be able to bless water for your use at home and keep it available to you in the Easter water font in the narthex of the church. We will have that blessing of the water at the 5PM Vigil Mass this weekend.
Finally, some of our vestments and other liturgical items have seen the wear of time and many priests. Some could be repaired and cleaned for use in our remote Passionist missions. I would like to replace others for our daily and Sunday use, for Benediction and funerals. Please see me if you might like to make a donation to this cause, especially in memory of someone.
Blessings and peace,
Father Bob, C.P.