Future Events Becoming Current, Quickly – Pastor’s Reflection (January 14, 2018)
Last Saturday, January 6, I sat with some of our Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. We found ourselves in the midst of an arctic deep freeze and the heating in St. Dominic’s Hall struggled vainly to insulate us from it. This was the first run of a formation class I am offering three times this month for our ministers. Despite the cold I think we had the great experience of taking up a common project. In such a context we all get on the same page and we get to know each other better. For a number of years, we have held annual retreats for those who take up specific forms of service, and these have included some “nuts and bolts” time. But this was our first attempt at practical formation. I hope these efforts will be the first in a new wave of growing our parish in consistency and continuity of practice.
We will be offering one more of these sessions this Saturday, January 20, at 11 am at St. Dominic Hall. If you would like to be part of these ministries, please consider coming to the session. If you can’t make it do not give up on the idea. Please call Rachel Miller at (212) 744-2080.
We also seek more people to greet others at the doors of our churches at the beginning and the end of Sunday and Feast Day Masses. Such a welcome can make visitors at home and disseminate whatever information people need to participate fully in the Mass. Please consider such a gift of time. It will pay you back. If interested, please call Rachel Miller at (212) 744-2080.
On Thursday, January 18 we begin the Christian Unity Octave. Those who possess the graces of baptism have so much to offer to a suffering world. How powerful their witness would be if their voice was united. In recognition of this week, the Schola is offering special music at the 12 noon Mass on Sunday the 21st. Please see “Music Notes” for more information.
On Monday, January 22, we remember the Roe v. Wade decision and we ponder the significance of each life. The United States Bishops Conference has made this a day of prayer and fasting. Consider that from any angle you take, human life is not being treated as reverently as it deserves in virtue of its very existence. Please pray on this day not only for human lives that are vulnerable, but that we ourselves would come to attach at least as much value and significance to every life as we do to our own.
I ask you to circle a few dates of common significance and one that is personally important.
On Saturday, February 17, His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan will celebrate the 6 pm Sung Mass at St. Vincent Ferrer. His visit honors the 100th anniversary of St. Vincent Ferrer Church and the 150th anniversary of Dominican parish ministry in the archdiocese. I hope you can make time for this Mass and for the party that will follow in the Parish Hall.
On Friday, March 2 at 8 pm at St. Vincent Ferrer, we welcome the renowned British a cappella octet VOCES8 in the New York City premiere performance. Tickets and more information are available on the parish website.
During the days from April 28 to May 5, we will celebrate the Octave of our Patronage, for this time span holds the Feasts of St. Catherine of Siena and St. Vincent Ferrer. On Saturday, May 5 we plan to hold the anniversary Mass at 11 am. Details on these events will be forthcoming. A celebration will follow in the Parish Hall.
Finally, and personally, my own 25th anniversary of ordination falls on May 21 of this year. I plan to celebrate this at the 12 pm Solemn Mass on May 20, which is the Day of Pentecost.