UPDATE…….FRIDAY, MAY 1ST………DAY 50 SINCE THE CHURCHES WERE CLOSED
  • Don’t forget:  we have our 11am Mass on Sundays streaming live on our parish FaceBook page; the Mass will also be posted usually within a day or two for viewing at any time.
  • The 2021 Mass book is now open for your intentions.  Due to social distancing please CALL the office Monday thru Thursday from 9am to 12noon to reserve your Masses.  The office number is 532-7503.  As a matter of fairness to all parishioners, weekend Mass requests will be limited to THREE per year.  However, there are no limits on weekday Masses.  Please remember that the first Saturday of each month is also available for your intentions.  Thank you for your understanding.
  • Thank you to all who are contributing to our weekly collection.  Whether you do so weekly or monthly we thank you.  
  • FYI:  Roadway resurfacing is scheduled to begin on College Street within the next two weeks.  The process is expected to take about 3-4 weeks.  College Street is the street which passes in front of the parish office and our parking lot.  No parking on College Street is permitted during the resurfacing.  Updates are available on the Chicopee City website at www.chicopeema.gov in the Road Work Update section.  I believe they will ticket you if you park there in the street during the resurfacing.  

Hang in there everybody---we’re getting close!   (I think)

Reflection: 

The other day I was at one of the cemeteries.  As I was waiting for the family, I noticed the markers on the graves.  Typically, there is inscribed on the stone the date of birth and the date of death.  And in between those dates is a dash.  

That dash represents the lifetime of someone.  The dash is inscribed in between the date of birth and the date of deah.  That dash represents a lifetime.  

There was a reflection written once about that dash and our lifetime.  It was written by an unknown author and I share it with you today.  Why?  Because right now we are living out that dash.  This time at home may give us an opportunity to reflect on our own dash.  What kind of life are we living and do we want to change it when we emerge from sequestering?  It is just a thought.  But maybe this reflection on the “dash” can help.  

It goes like this:

I read of a person who stood to speak

At the funeral of a friend

She referred to the dates on his gravestone

From the beginning to the end

She noted that first came the date of his birth

And she spoke that date with tears

But she said what mattered most of all

Was the dash between those years

For that dash represents all the time

That he spent alive on earth

And now those who loved and knew him

Know what that little line is worth

For it matters not how much we own;

The cars, the house, the cash

What matters most is how we love

And how we spend our dash

So, think about this long and hard

Are there things you would like to change?

For you never know how much time is left

But know that now it can be rearranged

So be less quick to anger,

And show appreciation more

And love the people in our lives

Like we never loved before

If we treat each other with respect

And more often wear a smile

Remember that this special dash

Might only last a while

So when your eulogy is being read

With your life’s action to rehash

Would you be proud of the things they say

And how you spent your dash?

Hopefully we will emerge soon from this time of isolation.  When we do so, will we have made changes to our own dash?

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