Next week Father West and I will join the priests of the Diocese on a brief canonical retreat in the mountains of North Carolina. Because of this, there will be no daily Mass from Monday through Thursday. Ours will be a preached retreat led by Father West’s former seminary rector from his days at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmetsburg, Maryland.
Retreats are necessary for us all. For priests, deacons and religious, they give us some time to reflect upon our own relationship with God. His primacy of place in our lives and in our hearts is vital if we are to have any depth of faith to share with you. So, I ask that you pray for Father West and I that our time away will be refreshing in body and soul. And while I know our daily Mass communicants will miss the celebration, perhaps, as they say, absence will make the heart grow fonder!
I also want to alert you that we will have three Masses on Monday, November 2 for the Commemoration of All Souls. Our 8:30 a.m. Mass will be for the school. The Noon will be a simple Mass without music, and we will have a 6:00 p.m. evening Mass.
I hope you will attend one or more of these celebrations to pray for the repose of your deceased relatives and friends.
Fr. Gary S. Linsky