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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

Last year, on the Third Sunday of Advent, I wrote about the hymn, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. Today I would like to reflect on the hymn, The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns. This hymn originated in Greece in Early Christian times. It was probably based on a number of scripture passages, including Isaiah 35, Luke 21:25-28, 2 Peter…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

On Thursday evening and Friday of this past week we celebrated the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The belief that Mary was conceived without sin goes back to the earliest days of the Church. It was officially declared a doctrine of the Church by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854. The feast itself was…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

Are you aware that, as Catholic Christians, we are able to celebrate New Year’s Day twice each year? January 1 will mark the beginning of the civil year, but this weekend, the First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of our church year. During Advent Deacon Todd and I will wear violet vestments, as we do during Lent. Advent, like…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

When I was in high school, my best friend was a member of the Methodist Church. On one occasion I had given him a tour of my church, St. Joseph’s. He decided to reciprocate, so one day after school we stopped by the Methodist church, only to find it locked. As it turned out, it was always locked, except on…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

On Wednesday of this week Father Jim will be departing for his 6 month stay in Florida. His condominium is in Stewart, about 40 miles north of Palm Beach. During his absence our choir, ensemble, soloists and instrumentalists will be working on a CD which will feature the two Masses Father has composed, an Ave Maria and several hymns. This…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

It is with gratitude that I report to you that our parish has collected nearly $11,000 for hurricane relief. This should mean that several hundred thousand dollars will be sent by our Diocese to the U.S. Catholic Conference. This, along with donations from all other Dioceses will be distributed as needed to all areas suffering from hurricane damage. Please continue…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

With the assistance of Sandy Lee, our Parish Accountant, the Finance Council has spent the past year putting our parish finances in order in establishing a budget for the current fiscal year (July 2017 — June 2018). This weekend, David Kinney, our Treasurer Trustee and a member of the Finance Council, will be speaking at all Masses to inform you…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

I’m dictating this letter from Portland where I am visiting my Aunt Joan. She is one of my favorite relatives. When she lived on Long Island, New York, I used to visit her, and we would go into the city to visit all the great museums and other attractions. I owe my love for art to her example. I had…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

(10/1/17) The purpose of my letter this week is to promote our historic and much loved Parish Bazaar. Two weeks ago you received with your bulletin a set of raffle tickets. Please try to sell them and buy some for yourself. If you need more, they are on a table in the Atrium. Remember that a beautiful quilt is also…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles (9/17/2017)

Beginning in mid-October we will begin the R.C.I.A. program for 2017-18. This process is for: –    Unbaptized persons who wish to become Catholic Christians. –    Those baptized in another denomination who wish to become Catholic. –    Catholics who were never confirmed and wish to receive that sacrament. –    Confirmed Catholics who desire a deeper understanding of their faith. The program…
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