What a beautiful weekend weather wise and more importantly for the Church. I had the honor of being at two seperate celebrations of Solemn Perpetual Vows made by two women religious. Sister Christine Ann Hoffner made her perpetual profession of vows on Saturday at main chapel for the Apostles of the Sacred Herat of Jesus in Hamden Connecticut. Bishop Cote was the main celebrant of the Mass and recalled having given Sister Christine a blessing eight years ago when she was first entering the community with the Sisters.
Father Gregory Galvin
Throughout the Church the request has been made that all dioceses, and people of God, remember this weekend and throughout the coming weeks the repose of the soul of Archbishop Pietro Sambi, who passed to eternal life earlier this week. May his soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace. Amen!
What a great summer gathering with Bishop Cote and four of our seminarians. Joined by their summer pastors we gathered for a good old fashion New England Clam bake on the hottest day of the summer! Starting with evening prayer and finishing a couple hours later with a few words from our Bishop, I think it is safe to say that everyone had plenty to eat and enjoyed the evening very much. We look forward to next summer when all of the seminarians will be home together for the gathering.
This week of July 18th through July 22nd has been a hot one but also a busy one. Tuesday night Bishop Cote offered Holy Mass for the Diocesan Vocation Prayer team and then enjoyed a picnic with them, four of the seminarians, and several other men who are discerning a call to priesthood. Thursday I played in a Knights of Columbus golf fundraiser over at Quarry Ridge during a hot steamy morning and early afternoon and then headed to Pawcatuck where later in the day we had the Monthly Holy for vocations. That was well attended and is always a very prayerful experience.
Friday the 15th of July! Wow! The next two weekends I am covering Masses at St. Francis of Assisi in Lebanon and St. Andrew in Colchester. Next week we have our 2nd Annual Vocation Team Mass and Picnic with Bishop Cote, the seminarians, some of the men discerning a priestly vocation and some of the Vocation Prayer Team members. On Thursday evening we have the Monthly Eucharistic Holy Hour for Vocations which is at St. Michael's Church in Pawkatuck from 4p.m. to 5p.m. Friday evening the seminarians with the pastors of their summer assignments have a get together with the Bishop.
Wanted to start several weeks back but the nice weather today gave me the extra motivation to get out and walk around the Norwich Cathedral area. Quick 35 min walk. Next time I must remember my pedometer!