April 29, 2018

April 25, 2018

My dear parishioners,

 

I would like to speak with you about the Easter Season of Pentecost..

 

The great liturgical season of the church begins with the great octave week that solemnities the Feast of Easter by prolonging the celebration over the next eight days, ending on the next Sunday. This Sunday following Easter is of equal liturgical solemnity to Easter Sunday and became known in the first century as “Whitsunday” in reference to the white vestments used during the liturgy. The solemnity is marked in several ways,  one of which is the double “alleluia” in the dismissal rite of the Mass during each day of the week. In the ancient Church, this solemn week was devoted to giving great attention to those newly baptized at the Easter Vigil. In many cultures, this was the week in which many parents brought their children to church to celebrate and remind them of their own baptism.

 

The genesis of the fifty-day Easter Period and the feast of Pentecost, particularly in the first centaury of the Church’s existence, derives from the Jewish celebration of the Old Testament “feast of weeks” (or Shahuothin in Hebrew). Much was debated and written by Early Church scholars about the calculation of the Easter Season’s fifty days and its theological significance and symbolology. The same is true for the Feast of the Ascension and its “forty day” event in the Easter /Pentecost scheme of things.

 

More next weekend.

 

Have a good week…               Monsignor Montecalvo

 

April 22, 2018

April 17, 2018

My dear parishioners,

 

This Sunday the Church celebrates the ‘World Day of Prayer for Vocations.’ 2018 marks the 55th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publicly fulfill the Lord Jesus’ instruction “to pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest.” (Mathew 9:38, Luke 10:2.)

 

The Church appreciates and values all vocations. So the sacrament of marriage is very important in the life of the church. But today the Church asks all of her members to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. While appreciating all vocations, the church concentrates its attention  on this day on vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate), to the Religious  Life in all its forms (male and female, contemplative and apostolic), to societies of apostolic life, to secular institutions in their diversity of service and membership, and to missionary life.

 

Pope Francis reminds us that ’becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our decision… rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love.

 

Not only this Sunday but every day we are called to pray that many more people respond to God’s call that God’s church might be better served.

 

Have a good week…

Monsignor Montecalvo

 

April 15, 2018

April 10, 2018

My dear parishioners,

 

I’d like to share a few thoughts on the Easter (Paschal) candle. The Easter Season is visibly and singularly marked by the large decorated candle that is prominent in the sanctuary, locally by the pulpit. Some church historians suggest that its origin may be in the lamps used in the synagogues and is a reminder from the Old Testament of the ‘pillar of fire’ denoting “God’s presence.“ The word ‘Paschal’ comes from the Hebrew word ‘pesach’ or passover , the Jewish feast so closely associated with Holy Week and Easter.

For Christians in the early centuries heightened the candle’s symbolic relationship to Christianity.  For Christians, the candle came to symbolize Christ: the True Light that enlightens each person who comes into the world; its virgin beeswax the most pure flesh of Christ; its wick the human soul of Christ; its flame the divinity of the second person of the Trinity; the five grains of affixed incense the sacred wounds of Christ.

During the rest of the liturgical year, the candle is lit for all Baptisms and for all funerals where it is placed at the head of the deceased’s remains, signifying the beginning and ending of one’s life in Christ. It is also lit for the Sacrament of Confirmation to mark the important milestone in our Christian life.

 

Have a good work.

Monsignor Montecalvo

 

April 8, 2018

April 3, 2018

My dear parishioners,

Let me begin my weekly column by once again saying “Happy Easter.” There are so many people I need to thank in the name of the parish and in my own name.  We live out our faith liturgically. So thank you to all those who helped with our Liturgical Celebrations. To Bill Cooper, the choir, and cantors who helped us pray, thank you. To Toni Dumville and Margaret Pleasants who always make our church look beautiful, thank you. To our liturgical ministries (lectors, Eucharistic minsters, ushers, and altar servers) who lead us in prayer, thank you.

Today we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. It used to be called ‘Low Sunday. St. Faustina Kowalska received visions from the Lord Jesus that the feast of Divine Mercy would be celebrated on the First Sunday after Easter. This devotion the Divine Mercy of Jesus was actively promoted by Pope (Saint) John Paul II. Although the feast of Divine Mercy was first celebrated on April 28, 1935, Pope John Paul II on April 22. 2001 officially dedicated this Sunday, the first Sunday after Easter, as Divine Mercy Sunday.

 

Have a good week.

Monsignor Montecalvo

 

April 1, 2018

March 29, 2018

My dear parishioners,

Despite the weather and a few medical problems I experienced I pray we had a good Lent. Our activities during Lent allow us to have a more meaningful celebration of Easter.

So I wish you a Happy Easter. May the Risen Christ fill your hearts and minds with the certainty that God, the Father, loves you, that He, Christ, has redeemed you and the Holy Spirit Sanctifies you.

Happy Easter!

Monsignor Montecalvo

 

March 25, 2018

March 20, 2018

My dear parishioners,

 

Where was Msgr. Montecalvo last weekend? Unfortunately I wasn’t here. I was admitted for observation at Miriam Hospital. We as a parish have been praying for my cousin Robert Calascibetta who died of cancer on Wednesday. I celebrated his Mass of Christian Burial at our home parish of St. Anthony’s Woonsocket. It was a difficult Mass to celebrate but I did it.

After the Mass I led Robert’s coffin to the entrance of the church. From that point in time I do not remember anything. I did drive myself to St. Charles Cemetery, prayed the prayers, and drove myself back to the church. I didn’t remember any of that and I still don’t. I was confused. I couldn’t remember whose funeral it was, I wanted to know if I was still pastor of Our Lady of Grace.

My mom and brother drove me to Miriam Hospital . They took excellent care of me. I stayed overnight for observation and for many tests. I have an appointment to see a neurologist and to get an EEG.

So that’s what happened to me last weekend and why I wasn’t at church. I thank Colin who arranged everything within a three hour period.

Let’s have a good Holy Week together.

 

 

Monsignor Montecalvo

 

March 18, 2018

March 19, 2018

My Dear Parishioners:

 

I have unrelated thoughts that I want to share with you this week:

  • Thanks to all parishioners who prepared
    sandwiches this past week. When Caroline Castiglione delivered the prepared sandwiches to Emmanuel House, the director of Emmanuel House, Brett, complimented her for the quality and the quantity of sandwiches from St. Sebastian’s parish. Our parish is known for its generosity. Great job!
  • Bishop Tobin told me that St. Sebastian’s will receive a full-time pastor on July 1st. That is good news. I know some of you might have anxiety about the future of St. Sebastian’s. At least for the next 6 years St. Sebastian’s parish will not be yoked (joined) with another parish and share one pastor for two parishes. We will stay autonomous for the near future.
  • Our beautiful parish organ was taken down by the first nor’easter we experienced two weeks ago. The good news is that the organ is back up and running. The bad news is the cost of the repairs was $8,231.00. The better news is the cost of repair is being covered by the parish’s insurance company. The power surged during the nor’easter which burned out the UPS which then destroyed the tone
    generation computer server and the Rodgers pipe computer system. Too confusing for me to understand, all I know is the organ now works.

Have a good week…

Monsignor Montecalvo

 

March 11, 2018

March 7, 2018

February 26, 2018

Dear Monsignor Montecalvo:

This letter is official confirmation that your request to retire as Pastor of St. Sebastian Parish, Providence, has been approved to be effective July 1, 2018. You may announce this to your parishioners at your convenience.

I take this opportunity to express, in my own name and on behalf of the Church in the Diocese of Providence, our profound gratitude for your dedicated priestly ministry. Your service to the Church and the pastoral care you have extended to your parishioners throughout the years have manifested the presence and care of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepard. I hope that you will be willing and able to continuing exercising your priestly ministry in other ways as your health permits. Your prayerful presence among us will be a true blessing for our Diocesan Church.

Again, thank you for your devoted service as a Priest of the Lord Jesus. May God bless you with much health and happiness, grace and peace now and the days and years to come.

With personal and prayerful best wishes,

I remain,

Sincerely yours,

Thomas J. Tobin

Bishop of Providence

 

March 4, 2018

February 28, 2018

My dear parishioners,

As the Catholic Charity Appeal continues, here are some interesting facts:

If your salary is $60,000 a year, you are richer than 99% of the people in the world. Yes, that makes you part of the “1%”. If you make $22,000 a year you are in the top 10% of the wealthiest people in the world. There’s no way for us to avoid the truth that Jesus is talking to us: all things considered, we are wealthy.

Jesus doesn’t condemn us for our wealth, but he does call us to remember the uncertainty of riches and to rely of the God who is the source of all we have, who “provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17). We will not be judged by our material possessions but we will be judged on the ways we choose to make use of them.

Those who are “rich in good deeds: (1 Timothy 6:18) are promised the reward of the Kingdom;  those who are rich in the eyes of the world are promised nothing beyond what they already enjoy.

May God bless the spirit of generosity in which we respond to the Catholic Charity Fund, and to all the many ways in which we live out Jesus’ commandments of love and service in our lives, knowing that “the measure we give to others will be the measure we receive from God.”

–Monsignor Montecalvo

 

February 25, 2018

February 20, 2018

My dear parishioners,

 

Let me begin by saying ‘Thank you’ for all the cards, best wishes, balloons, delicious cupcakes from LaSalle Bakery, and the singing of ‘Happy Birthday!’ I can’t believe I turned 70 but I did. Where did the time go? I will also mark my 45th anniversary years as a priest later this year. Thank you!

 

This weekend, February 24/25 we have our fist “In-Pew” weekend for soliciting gifts for the Catholic Charity Appeal. Next weekend, March 3/4, we will have a follow-up weekend for solicitation of gifts.

 

St Sebastian’s parish goal this year is $79,822.00. The goal is the same as last year. Last year our parish raised $87,879.00. Our parish is participating in the Parish Share Programs. Every dollar we raise over our goal will be returned to the parish for our use. In consultation with parish leadership we will designate our over-goal funds for spiritual development programs. Please help our  parish support the many ministries of our diocese and support the ongoing work of our parish.    –Monsignor Montecalvo

 

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