November 5, 2017

October 31, 2017

My dear parishioners,

 We at St. Sebastian’s have a new mantra. Although a mantra came of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions, we use a mantra in our Christian tradition. A mantra is a sacred phrase which keeps us focused in prayers. ’Jesus have mercy of me’  or it could be a statement which we repeat frequently. Our parish’s mantra is Holy Is As Holy Does.”

 For the last two weeks we have been speaking about “little saintly deeds” which we as individuals do. I have even asked you to write one of these little saintly deeds on the provided sheets of paper. I have asked you to place your ‘little saintly deeds’ in the big orange box that can be found in the vestibule “Wanted – Dead or Alive: Micro-Saints.”

If you have not participated in this parish event, take a moment to do so after Mass this weekend. We will publish some of these “little saintly deeds” in our
bulletin. (anonymously)

The spiritual survey conducted in our parish found that there is a desire to provide quarterly lectures. St. Sebastian’s Church is excited to announce the first of four lectures to ring in the new liturgical year with one  of the most outspoken and engaging voices from our diocese. On Wednesday, November 29th come to the church at 7:00 pm to hear Mark Gordon present “Catholic Social Teaching: Sources and Principles”. Hear the Church’s alternative to ideologies from the right and the left. Mark Gordon is the President of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the Diocese of Providence. He is the author of Forty Days, Forty Graces: Essays of a Grateful Pilgrim and has written for the National Catholic Register, Aleteia and other Catholic Publications. He blogs on the Dorothy Option on the Patheos Catholic Channel and is a frequent writer and commentator on the meeting ground between spirituality and social concerns.

Refreshments will be offered.

Have a good week…

–Monsignor Montecalvo

 

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