September has always been a very beautiful month for so many reasons here in New England. It is often a month with devastating weather also for many. For many years my family had an orchard business in Marlboro, so this was a month when most of the crops were harvested. Some of my older uncles recalled the hurricane of 1938 when that hurricane struck and eliminated not only the apples from the trees, but also all the freshly purchased apple boxes that were smashed to pieces and became airborne to distant fields. Those involved with agriculture know the precarious nature of weather and critters always challenging crop production.
This month we also have the opening of our school, religious education registrations, many funerals and a number of weddings. In so many ways, the life of a parish is nonpredictable and a blessing at the same time. Our school is a blessing for not only the children who attend but also for the entire parish. It is an opportunity for the intellect and soul to be enriched with God’s graces and blessings. Please keep all the children and parents in your prayers.
Our next Parish & School Newsletter will be coming out in October, and I hope this small electronic communication provides a little insight in to the good things that are happening both in the Parish and School. One of the main purposes of this means of communication is to share the many ways our Catholic Faith is put into action through the many Good Works and Ministries shared by parishioners and School Families. Some may not receive this through their email accounts, but know it is accessible online through the internet connection that the vast majority of households in Winchester are connected with.
Last Sunday I met with our Parish Pastoral Council, and we had a conversation on a number of topics that were informative. In the coming weeks, there will also be meetings with our School Board and Parish Finance Council members. In so many ways, the advisory roles of these boards and councils are very helpful to pastors/administrators assisting in the pastoral care of parishioners.
I also received word this week that Fr. Rick has been granted an extension of his leave from his pastoral duties here through the end of October. His time away has been fruitful, reflective and enriching to his priesthood and life. May the Lord continue to bless and grant him all the graces needed during this time.
On behalf of all my brother priests, I would like to also thank the many parishioners who contributed to the annual September collection to benefit the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust Fund. Your generosity helps provide for the medical, health care and retirement needs for the priests of the Archdiocese of Boston. Thank you!