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The Pastor's Desk

 

10/25/2020

From the Pastor's Desk: -

When we were seniors in high school my father gave my sister and I “The Talk”- not the sex one- you can learn that in the street- no the Money Talk”. My Father broke out all the information- “this is how much I make in salary, this is how much your mother’s stocks earn in dividends- this is how much the mortgage is, this is how much college in going to cost-“  My sister – who is the smart one- went to Princeton- and she was telling her friends about the “talk”- one of the girls said it was sad to lose that sense that one’s father has unlimited resources and he can handle everything- that belief would be lost to the black and white numbers. My sister’s response was that she believed in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny for a time but had gotten over losing those myths.

This weekend the parish gets the “talk”. It is a good, transparent and accountable thing. It is the food of adults and  may require some chewing- but who wants to eat Gerber Foods once you have sunk your teeth into a steak. The Pastor’s job is not to have you  believe that there is an Easter Bunny running around fixing the finances, and there shouldn’t be little surprises of extra money showing up. It is the real black and white numbers that lets us make choices that are fully conscious, as well as fully faithful.

   


Fr. Martin Curtin

 

Public Weekend Masses resumed as of July 4 – 5. We are following our regular schedule. The Governor's executive orders and Diocesan guidelines of May 27 and June 3 must be followed (e.g. face coverings must be worn, safe distancing practiced, and capacity rules followed.)

  • Bishop Cote has instructed that the distribution of Holy Communion be returned to its usual place during Mass.  The reason it was moved in the first place was to avoid everyone from leaving the church at the same time.  With that challenge in mind:
    •  Be sure to wear a facemask at all times while in the church. A mantilla is not a face covering.
    • Please remove it right before receiving Holy Communion so that both hands are free to make a   throne to receive the Body of Christ.
    • Please be careful to maintain a safe distance while waiting in line for Communion.
    • We ask those who will receive on the tongue to please wait till the end of the line and be sure to extend your tongue to receive the sacred host.
    •  IN general, be sure to be at least 6 feet away from another person or group when seated, entering, processing, or leaving church.

  • Please be sure to sit with a BLUE CROSS at your back, and no less than six feet away from another person or family group.
  • Our current Mass schedule allows about one-half hour between Masses to sanitize the church, so we ask you to arrive close to Mass time and depart quickly after Mass.  Any help you can give would be appreciated.
  • The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect until further notice. 
  • Those who are considered “high risk” because of age or underlying health conditions, or are experiencing Covid 19-like symptoms, should stay home.
  • Although Connecticut is doing well in lessening the virus, we can't let our guard down. We need to be prepared for another surge, especially as students return to in-school learning.
  •  We will continue to “Live Stream” the 9am Sunday Mass (only) on our St. Pius X Church Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/saintpiusmiddletown) page.  We will also publish the homily of the 9am celebrant on the Facebook page each week.
  • This can all be viewed at any time after it is recorded.