November 3, 2019
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
Twenty First Sunday After Pentecost
DEDICATION SUNDAY: Last Sunday, October 27, 2019, was the rededication of our newly refurbished Church and the consecration of the new Baptismal Font. It was a very happy and glorious day for all of us. Close to 600 parishioners attended the 11.00AM Mass when Bishop Barres came to our Church to perform the ceremony. We were most grateful for the presence of the Mayor of Brookville and his wife, Mayor and Mrs. Daniel Serota. Also present were many priests from neighboring parishes, as well as representatives of the Equestrian Orders: the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre, the Knights and Dames of Malta, the Knights of St. Gregory and the Knights of the Constantinian Order of St. George. The Knights of Columbus, Squires, members of the Marian Guild, Advisory Councils and staff all walked in the procession.
I am most grateful to all who made the Mass and luncheon such an outstanding success. They are too numerous to name here but may be found in the Dedication Program. There are still a few items to be completed, as is always the case, and we pray that by the First Sunday of Advent everything will be finished.
Please remember there are many more memorials that can be donated in memory of loved ones. For those who wish to do so, please call the parish office.
OUR LADY, SEAT OF WISDOM: Some may have noticed the new shrine that has been built at the entrance to Monsignor Costa Hall. It is the gift of the Repoli Family and will stand there to welcome all to the lower hall for years to come. It is the depiction of the Virgin Mary holding the Holy Infant Jesus. The name of this statue is Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom (in Latin Sedes Sapientiae). It is under this title that Our Lady is Patroness of the Montfort Missionaries and Daughters of Wisdom. She is also Patroness of the Society of St. Sulpice whose seminary (Theological College) in Washington, D.C., both Bishop Barres and I attended. Please sit at the soon to be installed benches and there look lovingly at Our Lady. See yourself as being in her arms, and all troubles will pass away.
SATURDAY EVENING MASS: As has already been announced, the time of the Saturday Evening Mass will change from 5PM to 4PM beginning on the weekend of the First Sunday of Advent. That will be Saturday, November 30th. This is a change for which parishioners have asked for many years and for which many have expressed gratitude. Several of the Churches in our area have moved the Saturday Mass to 4PM and it has been met with great success. Obviously, like everything in life, it cannot make everyone happy, but we will monitor the attendance. Please remember that this large parish is served by only one priest who is 39 years ordained (assisted by only one deacon). We must face the reality that we do not have four priests here and must be willing to make small sacrifices.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: After 9.30 Mass today we will have a Pancake Breakfast to honor all our veterans. This is provided by the Knights of Columbus and the Squire Circle. May God bless and reward them. Next week I will write on Veterans Day.
In Jesus and Mary,