Just Over the Horizon – Pastor’s Reflection (August 14, 2016)
I hate to intrude upon your summer reveries, but it will not be too early to mark your calendar for the month of September. In a strange political year, the rhythm of the church year may speak more eloquently than ever. We also have some important acknowledgments to make.
Monday, August 15, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This year the Assumption is not a holy day of obligation, but that does not mean we cannot celebrate it. Please join us for a Sung Mass at 6 pm at St. Vincent Ferrer. We will conclude with a procession to the statue of Our Lady Gate of Heaven, Porta Caeli.
Monday, September 5, Labor Day
We will have Low Masses at 8 am at St. Vincent Ferrer and at 9 am at St. Catherine of Siena.
Tuesday, September 6, St. Vincent Ferrer High School begins a new year
Here is a chance to welcome Fr. Matthew Carroll, O.P. He has been assigned to the Priory at St. Vincent Ferrer and will serve on the faculty of the High School as a religion teacher. We are delighted to have him.
Wednesday, September 7, RCIA begins
Fr. Innocent Smith will coordinate this program, but other Friars will take part in the teaching. Sessions will begin at 6:45 pm in the Parish Council Room at St. Vincent Ferrer and they will end in time for participants to share in Adoration and Night Prayer in the church. Fr. Innocent will write to you shortly to introduce this program.
Thursday, September 8, The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
We will have Sung Mass at 6 pm. at St. Vincent Ferrer
Saturday, September 10
Visitation Circle, our association of single women, resumes its monthly fellowship with Mass at 12 pm at the Rosary Altar at St. Vincent Ferrer. Please call Rachel Miller if you would like more information about this group which offers social, intellectual, and spiritual nourishment to its wide variety of members. All are welcome to join the ladies for Mass.
Sunday, September 11, the Fifteenth Anniversary of the terrorist attacks
We will have a special Mass at St. Catherine of Siena, with a procession to the Purgatorial Altar and prayers for the dead. Our Parish Choir will sing at this Mass and will continue thereafter.
Monday, September 12, Meeting of the Parish Council
Tuesday, September 13 – Friday, September 22
Fr. Walter facilitates and preaches for the quadrennial assembly of the Association of Monasteries of
Dominican Nuns of North America in Nashville. ( I am sorry for the unfortunate timing of this. Everyone I consulted felt we should not postpone the startup activities below.)
Tuesday, September 13, Parish Study begins
We will meet at 6:45 pm in the Parish Hall at St. Vincent Ferrer. This fall will be a study of the Psalms.
Wednesday, September 14, The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Sung Mass at St. Catherine of Siena at 6:30 pm, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and All Night watch in the church. The prayer intention for this vigil will be for an end to terrorism. The watch will conclude with the 7 am Mass for Our Lady of Sorrows. Please note that there will be no Holy Hour at St. Vincent Ferrer this evening.
Sunday, September 18
Religious Education resumes. Lisa Harrelson, our Coordinator of Religious Education will write to you next week in these pages to introduce the program to you.
Family Coffee will take place in St. Dominic Hall at St. Catherine’s after the 10 am Mass. This is a child
friendly event open to everyone. We aim to have it on the third Sunday of the month.
At St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Coffee will also take place after the Noon Mass. Usually this coffee will take place on the first Sunday of the month.
Our weekly Parish Singing Class begins today at 4:30 pm under the direction of James Wetzel
Parish Vespers begins at 5:15 pm in the choir stalls at St. Vincent Ferrer. You may remember that this will now be a regular part of our Sunday Schedule.
Monday, September 26, Requiem Mass in the Dominican Rite
The New York Purgatorial Society will sponsor a Requiem Mass in the Dominican Rite. This will take place at
7 pm at the Rosary Altar in St. Vincent Ferrer. The Society has the work of praying for the deceased, and will offer these masses once each month.
Sunday, October 2, The Twenty-Seventh Sunday of the Year
Solemn Mass resumes at St. Vincent Ferrer at Noon. Bishop Gerald Walsh will join us to confirm our young people and we will also welcome the St. Vincent Ferrer High School class of 2020. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.
The Thanks of the Parish
We could never successfully foster the life of our new parish without remembering those whose work has brought us to this point.
By the time you read these lines, we will have celebrated the funeral for Pat Keegan, whose gracious service as Parish Secretary set the tone for St. Vincent Ferrer for 37 years. Pat’s work enabled the service of innumerable Friars, Sisters, and Laypeople. It will be no exaggeration to say that Pat was the wind beneath the wings of the parish. My hope is that in God’s mercy she may know how many of us love her and only wish we could have told her good-bye.
One thing we can do is thank Dolores Getcher. “Miss Dolores” has decided that after 10 years of running the religious education program at St. Vincent Ferrer she would like to pursue other avenues of generosity. She promises that these will include the Parish. Her work has made lots of kids feel loved in the presence of God, and her presence has allowed parents to drop off their children to learn sound things in a joyful mode. Dolores’ smile, and her style, have made her a magical ambassador for Christ, and it will be a pleasure to carry a debt of gratitude to such a grand lady.
We can also pray for Fr. Jordan Kelly who has completed a sabbatical at Providence College and has moved to Washington, D.C. There he will begin a new ministry as chaplain at Archbishop Carroll High School. He also will introduce the Gospel with conviction and verve to many young people, who will benefit from his gifts for people and for worship. Once again we express gratitude for the way in which Fr. Jordan lavished these gifts upon the Parish of St. Catherine of Siena. Ad Multos Annos!