One of the main characteristics of the Church as ordained by the Lord himself is that we are to be a missionary people. This means that we are to preach the Gospel and bring others to know, believe in and love Jesus Christ. For some, preaching is often done in the pulpit at Mass. Others spread the Gospel as teachers in Catholic schools and catechetical programs. All of us can and must preach the Gospel by the example of our lives. St. Francis of Assisi said it well when he told his followers that they “must preach the Gospel always, but use words only when necessary.”
Every year the Mission Office of the Archdiocese assigns a missionary order to each of the parishes. That order sends a representative to speak at all Masses and take up a special collection to assist the order in its missionary efforts. Next weekend, Father John Santone, C.S.C., a Holy Cross priest, will be here to share with us all that his order does in promoting the Gospel, both here at home and abroad. He will hear confessions and preside at the 8:30 and 11:30 AM Masses as well. As always, I know that you will be generous in response to his appeal. Please make checks payable to St. Mary Church and we will then send a single check to Hartford for the entirety of the mission appeal.
Rev. Aidan N. Donahue
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