A Letter From the Pastor

This Sunday, January 23, 2022, is Word of God Sunday. Pope Francis invites all Catholics around the world to deepen their faith, appreciation, love, and witness to God on this day by “… study and dissemination of the Word of God.” Celebrations around the diocese include:

The 11:00 AM Mass this Sunday at St. Agnes Cathedral celebrated by Bishop
Andrzej.
A Holy Hour and reflection by Bishop Andrzej at 3:00 PM at St. Paul the Apostle
Church, Brookville.

A Virtual Event “Liturgical Catechesis on Tuesday, January 25 at 7:30 PM via Zoom. Advance registration is required by Monday, January 24. Email westernvicatiate@drvc.org to receive the link.

Next Saturday, January 29, we will have the Annual Anniversary Mass in Memory of Joseph Mario Reali. I will concelebrate the Mass with Fr. Glenn Sudano, a Priest of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. He is a dynamic speaker and a gifted Spiritual Director. This celebration was begun to honor Joe, the name’s sake of the Knights of Columbus Council at Holy Name of Jesus. His untimely passing on January 16, 2015, preceded the establishment of the Council. Joe’s name was suggested and presented to the Bishop for many reasons – he the first to sign up as one interested in learning about the possibility of establishing a Council at Woodbury and also signed up his older brother, Michael Francis. Joe was also a witness to our Catholic faith helping many people, young and old  alike, to either find their way back to God or in some cases, to find God for the first time. He also served as a minister of Holy Communion. In past years, the K of C sponsored a pre–Super Bowl Party immediately following the Mass in celebration of Joe’s love of people, bringing people together for a party and his love of sports. Unfortunately, this year the party is once again suspended like last year of the recent mandate of the Governor which was extended until at least February 1.

A friendly reminder that the Governor of New York state has included houses of worship in her recent directives. Therefore, since the Church does not require parishioners and visitors to present proof of vaccination to enter the Church, all parishioners, 2 years of age and older, are asked to please comply with the requirement to wear masks when participating in any activities on Church grounds.

Also, for Catholics who choose to receive Holy Communion on the tongue to please receive after those who received Holy Communion in the hand. This will allow the minister of Holy Communion to purify his/his finger in the event of possible contamination while placing the Sacred Host on the tongue of the Communicant.