Well I was able to get a couple errands in this morning after the morning Mass and then went to the Nursing home to visit a couple of patients. I was there about an hour and when I came out about 4 inches of snow had fallen that hour. Back at the rectory, the accompanying picture shows what it is like outside right now. Enjoy the afternoon everyone and stay safe. God Bless those keeping our roads clear.
Father Gregory Galvin
This coming Friday, snow or not, I will be leading a day of reflection for the seminarians at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell CT. Please keep me and the seminarians in your prayers, that I may be an open instrument of the Holy Spirit and that their hearts and minds remain open to the message the Spirit is bringing to each of them. Thank you ahead of time for your prayers for us all.
This image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was blessed by Bishop Cote on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe last December 12, 2013 during a Mass celebrating the Feast. This beautiful addition to the Cathedral is one of the final steps in the restoration that celebrated last July 2013 during the 60th anniversary celebration of the Diocese of Norwich. The picture on the homepage of our vocation website, of Saint Joseph was just recently finished and unveiled. It to is magnificent and is the final touch!
This afternoon I have the priviledge of being the main celebrant at the Junior Class Ring Mass. This is part of a long standing tradition at Xavier High School when during the spring semester of the junior year, the young men from the class have the opportunity to receive a symbol of their connection to the Xavier Family. It is also a physical reminder not only of their particular journey during four years at Xavier but of the many sacrifices made by so many different people in thier lives to make their futures one of many opportunities and successes.
During the very cold stretch of weather the last few weeks of January, I spent several evenings in front of a warm, live burning fireplace where each evening I would end the night with the praying of the Rosary. Today we celebrated the Feast of St. Blaise and during the first week of February anticipate three different size winter storms. The first has already closed 400 schools plus businesses across Connecticut today. Two more storms to come.
The photo below shows the view from the back of the ballroom used for Holy Mass and then for each of the Keynote talks each evening during SLS. Between 75 - 100 Priests attended or visited at some point through the Summit to concelebrate Mass, journey with their college students or to be available to answer questions regarding religious or diocesan priesthood. The following pictures show pre-talk activities where the students enjoyed great music and fun as they relaxed from busy afternoons of intensive learning and training.
The Most powerful, transforming night of the weekend was started with the student leaders and focus missionaries welcoming Sister Mary Gabriel, S.V. to be the Keynote Speaker and her topic was prayer. She received a Standing Ovation after her introduction which may have been the longest standing ovation of the whole weekend! Touching upon the importance of opening their hearts and being willing to surrender, Sister Gabriel spoke of the healing and strength our Lord wants to bring to us - noting the importance of each one being willing to surrender ourselves to the Father's Will.