Father Gregory Galvin
I am an hour away from lift off to Dallas to join Diocesan Vocation Directors from across the country for a few days of conferences, workshops, prayer and an afternoon of discovering Dallas. Please keep us in your prayers, especially the new vocation directors, many of whom have been in Dallas for the pre-conference workshops to introduce them to the work they are now challenged with.
Please be patient as you visit our Vocation Website the next few weeks. During this time you will begin to see some additional changes that will be taking place. These changes are mainly structural and will hopefully make our site more user friendly and more identifyable as a site that is part of the Diocese of Norwich. Thank you for your understanding.
Just a reminder that we moved the Monthly Holy Hour for Vocations with Bishop Cote from September 19th to TODAY, September 12th! There was a combination of schedule conflicts but through the generosity of Saint Mary Church in Clinton we were able to move up the date one week. The Holy Hour is today from 4pm until 5pm. Join us as we pray for all our seminarians, for an increase in priestly and religious vocations for our Diocese and please remember Jonathan Ficara who is preparing for ordination to the Diaconate on October 3, 2013 over in Rome. Thank you for your prayerful support.
May the family of mankind come to see the truth that violence settles nothing. May the souls of the thousands of innocent people who lost their life this day twelve years ago early that morning, rest in the peace of the arms of God. May the light of Christ working through all His adopted brothers and sisters continue to dispell the darkness of evil in this world. May the many families and other survivors of this past tragic day know and sence the presence and love of God in their lives everyday.
Yesterday I had the priviledge to concelebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit with Bishop Cote at the Opening of School Mass for Xavier High School in Middletown. I was honored to be the chaplain at Xavier from 1998 through 2007 and during the past six years have continued to visit the school monthly to hear confessions and visit with faculty and students. Each of the past six years I have also tried to assist both Xavier and Mercy High School by offering their school Masses on Holy Day's and for their baccalaureat celebrations.
On Thursday September 5th last week we began again the weekly Eucharistic Holy Hour and Mass for Students at UCONN. We started with 40 students last week who came and also had the opportunity to use the sacrament of reconciliation as both Father Jednaki and Father Tito were available for confessions throughout the Holy Hour. If you are at UCONN and would like to attend please know that all are welcome. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend some quality time in quiet prayer, praising and adoring our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and also being able to attend Holy Mass.
Yes priests do take vacation and I am now officially starting mine. I will be away from August 24 through September 4th. During this time I will not be posting any updates, announcements, articles or blogs. I will continue to keep each of our seminarians in my prayers along with those who are discerning a priestly or religious vocation. Students arrive back to UCONN this weekend and classes for most of the seminarians begin this coming week. May everyone return safely and may your coming academic years be smooth ones.
If you are a teenager in the Diocese of Norwich and in grades 7-12, decide now to come experience the explosion of joy that comes from being a disciple and witness of the Love of Jesus Christ. Choose to be His witness in your daily life, choose to spread His Gospel by your life, and be a ray of His light in all you do! Yes He is Calling you to Come and Be Not Afraid to join with other teens from all over the Norwich Diocese for the 5th Annual Diocese of Norwich Youth Explosion to be held at Saint Bernard High School in Uncasville Connecticut on September 22 from 12:30pm - 7pm.