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From the Pastor 10/14/18

At the last Pastoral Council meeting we had a rather long discussion about the level of noise at Mass. This issue was also discussed by the Dominican Community at our community meeting, and by the priests staff meeting which we have once a week. The topic of screaming children and talking in church is always a sensitive topic. No priest wants to be the one to point out a lack of sensitivity exhibited by others who do not take their children to the vestibule, or even worse, adults who should know better than to carry on conversations before and after Mass in the church when others are praying.

You will notice that a new introduction has been composed for the beginning of each Mass. As we worship, please help us make our church a true house of prayer by keeping this a quiet place of meditation: turn off your devices, keep conversations to a minimum, and comfort little ones who need a break in the vestibule. There is very little room in most of our lives for quiet. So let us all try to at least make our church truly a place for prayer and meditation.

Also, I want to point out that the vestibule acts as a “Cry Room.” It is not a place to listen to Mass if you are not comforting a child. If you are not attending to children please come into the church proper to celebrate Mass with the rest of the congregation.

Recently our electric bills have skyrocketed. Even with the new and efficient lighting we put in last summer and the new air conditioning system we put in a few years ago, our bills are twice what they were last year. Since we are experiencing a hot fall we have had to run the air conditioning system more this year than last year. We are trying to find out why our electric has changed so much in just one year. I am asking everyone to turn off lights when you are finished in a room. I am always walking into empty rooms and finding lights still on. Please turn off lights, and keep doors closed, so we are not attempting to air condition the outside. Due to the sky- rocketing charge for utilities our cash flow is really struggling. In the past few weeks we have had to take money out of savings to pay our weekly bills. Anything you can add to your weekly offering is appreciated as we try to meet our weekly bills.

Due to our tight cash flow I do not think I can decorate the outside campus with fall decorations this year. As nice as it is to have outside decorations I simply cannot justify the expense at this time. I hope all will understand that we are doing everything possible to balance our budget. Please pray that our cash flow will improve in the next few months.

This coming week is full of great saints, but I wanted to just showcase Friday’s October 19 Memorial of the North American Martyrs. The eight North American Martyrs included six priests and two lay brothers. They were heroic members of the Society of Jesus who were martyred in North America in order to bring the Faith to the Huron, the Iroquois, and the Mohawk Indians. Five of the eight North American martyrs were put to death in what is now Canada, and three of them in New York State. There is a shrine to the United States’ martyrs at Auriesville, NY, and there is a shrine to the Canadian martyrs at Fort Saint Mary near Midland, Ontario. The names of the eight North American martyrs are: Sts. Rene Goupil, Isaac Jogues, John de Lalande, Anthony Daniel, John de Brébeuf, Charles Garnier, Noel Chabanel, and Gabriel Lalemant.

Fr. Jogues, after thirteen months’ imprisonment by the Mohawks, had several fingers cut off. He went back to Europe, but returned again to North America and was killed by tomahawk blows at Ossernenon, now called Auriesville, in New York state. Saint John de Brébeuf declared before he died, “I have a strong desire to suffer for Jesus Christ.” He was tortured terribly, and a burning torch was put into his mouth, which strangled him.

Saint Rene Goupil, thirty-five, was the youngest of the martyrs, and cried “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!” as he died. Saint Noel Chabanel was thirty-six, and Saint Isaac Jogues and Saint Gabriel Lalemant were thirty-nine. The oldest of the eight North American martyrs, Saint John de Brébeuf, was fifty-six when the Indians killed him.

They were canonized June 29 of 1930 by Pope Pius XI.

A blessed week to all,

Rev. André-Joseph LaCasse, O.P., Pastor