UPDATE…….Wednesday, April 29th……..Day 48 since the churches were closed
  • Something new!!!  Each Wednesday there will be a posting of a Biblical Story for Children (and really for us all) that will be about 4-5 minutes long.  It should be interesting for young children.  There will be a storyteller that will read a short story about something about Jesus, the Bible, or the saints.  So, check the website any Wednesday for a new story each week.  It will start some time today.
  • Each week I am on a conference call with the Bishop along with other priests.  He indicated that Ordinations to priesthood for the five individuals being ordained this year will be on Saturday, August 15th at 11am.  This is later in the summer due to the Coronavirus.  It means we will have five new priests in August.  However, there is not expected to be but just a few over the next 5-7 years.  As we approach Good Shepherd Sunday this week on May 3rd, let us keep vocations in our prayers.
  • Watch on our 11am Sunday Mass streaming live on our Facebook page---www.facebook.com and search SaintAnneChicopee. 
  • With the month of May approaching, we are praying the rosary every Wednesday at 2pm in the church.  Although you cannot join me and/or Fr. Dennis, you can do so while at home.  You can be assured that the rosary is being prayed every Wednesday at 2pm during this time of sequester.  You are welcome to join us by praying your rosary.  May is the month of Mary and a good time to do that. 

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  

 

Reflection……

Many people are using FaceTime and Zoom to communicate with loved ones.  This is relatively new technology to allow for visual contact during a time of communicating.  Families are communicating visually with grandmothers, grandchildren, and friends.  Even in our parish we are doing that.  I am on the Board of Trustees for Elms College and our meetings are now on Zoom.  We have come a long way from the rotary phone that used to be on an end table in the living room!

Back in biblical times they did not have smart phones, zoom, or FaceTime.  There was really only one way to communicate long distance:  letters.  Many of the early missionaries like St. Paul would communicate to Christian communities through letters----like Paul’s letter to the people of Corinth (Corinthians) or his letter to the people of Philippi (Philippians).  People would gather together for a liturgy to offer praise to God and share what these missionaries had written.  They would read them for all to hear.  

When you think about it, each time we go to Mass and listen to the lay lector read one of these letters from the Old Testament, we are participating in what you might think of as a “biblical zoom or biblical FaceTime.  At least a conference call anyway.  We share these letters so all can hear just like the early Christians.  

So, the next time you are at Mass (and hopefully soon), just remember, you are participating in a Zoom Call or at least a conference call in which we all hear from St. Paul, or one of the other writers.  His words to them…..are just as important for us.  It might make what we hear……more meaningful.

Stay safe!

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