As I compose this column our vendor is engraving the tiles for the Blessed Mother Grotto. I hope to pick them up by the end of this week and have them in place by Columbus Day. I also picked up a special tool to score the tiles at the Big E State Fair, which will help us custom fit some of the parishes own tiles inside the hollow. I am working on lighting the inside and obtaining an eternal (electric) flame for the side of the Grotto.

The tiles look beautiful and I hope the Blessed Mother Grotto will provide inspiration to all those who pass by to develop a deep relationship with our Heavenly Mother.

Those who pray the Rosary are well aware of the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries; fewer still know of the Luminous Mysteries which St. Pope John Paul II developed for this spiritual meditation. It has been brought to my attention that there is now a series for the Rosary, entitled, the Redemptive Mysteries: Faith, Reconciliation, Death, Judgement and Salvation. What a wonderful gift these mysteries are to the Church. They have received a Nihil Obstat from Rev. Thomas Buckley, STD and the Imprimatur from Cardinal O’Malley. Personally they are great meditations for the Rosary and will help you plumb deeper into the mysteries of our faith. The parish is promoting this ministry, ‘Tell the World,’ through subsidizing the printing of pamphlets. I have left copies of the pamphlets at each of the entrances and have ordered 150 pairs of rosary beads in the hopes of promoting the use of the Rosary and the cause for the Redemptive Mysteries.

On Saturday, October 28th from 8am-4pm please join my friends at the 7th Annual The Art of Living: Life Beyond Cancer Conference. The day long presentations and sharing sessions are designed to empower people touched by cancer. There is a registration fee of $35.00, but if you do not have the funds to attend please call the office and we will cover the cost of your registration. Many of our parishioners have or are battling cancer, this is a life affirming approach to giving God glory through taking care of the sacred dwelling place of the Holy Spirit which is our own physical bodies. Please keep them in your prayers and be sure to share this information with others. Brochures have been placed at the entrances.

The parish staff and I do a lot of work on social media and so please take the time to avail yourself of the social media platforms we use to communicate. As the days are drawing shorter take time to pray the Rosary, Angelus, Divine Mercy Chaplet or a Novena on Catholic Traveling Prayers. If you’re not able to make Mass on Sunday, be sure to tune us in through the parish website.

We are nearing the end of the Grand Annual and are so very close to reaching our goal of covering the cost of the roof. Thanks to those who have pledged and to those who will but have yet to make their pledge, please do so in the coming weeks in order that we might begin the work.

Join us for Pizza after the Saturday 4PM Mass at the pond!