Many older Catholics remember that May and October are considered Marian months, and provide us time to remember the role the Blessed Mother has played in salvation history. It then seems appropriate to being finishing the Blessed Mother Grotto. I hope folks have had a chance to stop and look at the nearly finished grotto. We have four squares and one larger tile awaiting placement. I am happy that we have sold out. Thanks!

On Sunday October 22nd the Knights of Columbus in Charlestown are honoring their Chaplain, Father Dan Mahoney (who is also longtime chaplain to the Boston Fire Department), at a catered dinner in their hall. I have purchased a table of ten and would like to invite former Charlestown residents to join me on this occasion. The dinner runs from 2:00-6:00pm. We will work on carpooling to this event, and so if you’re unable to drive, we will do that for you. I expect it will be a nice afternoon, and it might be nice for some of our older folks to return to the old neighborhood and reconnect with old friends. Please call the parish office this week and reserve your tickets (no charge the parish has already purchased the table). Call asap to reserve.

Thanks to all those who joined us this past Saturday for our Fall Festival. We enjoyed good weather and the kids loved the bouncy house, treats and activities. A special thanks to the Knights of Columbus and Parish Mission Group for helping to coordinate and run this activity. Next weekend the Knights will have their Special Needs Halloween Party and the following night we will have the Trunk ’r Treat night. Please join other parish families in offering a safe venue for this holiday tradition.

We have a lot going on over the next several weeks which will include the replacement of the Church and Chapel Roof, along with hosting the Hollywood folks who will be using the church parking lot between October 23rd and November 8th. We will be using the parking lot in back of the church and on the other side of the parish hall for those weekends. The parish will benefit with a rental fee of $20,000.00, which will be allocated to the new roof project. Please note in your calendar that November 1st is a Holy day of Obligation, and we will have a Vigil mass at 4:00pm and on the Holy Day itself at 7:30am. We will be celebrating All Saints Day and the following Day we celebrate All Souls Day. We will put out the Remembrance Book for folks to list their deceased loved ones names. Also over the next few months we will be celebrating individual intentioned Masses for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting, much like we did for the poor souls in Orlando.

Please take time to remember their families in your prayers…imagine how painful these upcoming holidays will be for those who mourn their lost loved one.

We will also remember them in the Annual Mass of Remembrance, which is scheduled for Sunday November 19th.

In a few weeks our Confirmandi will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Sunday 11:30 Mass on November 5th. Please keep these younger parishioners in your prayers as they are an important part of our parish family. A few weeks past they undertook their Confirmation Retreat at Assumption College in Worcester. I realize that there will always be other parishes that neither require a retreat or service work, and while that is unfortunate, the retreat provides them with an experience of what college life is like, and the service projects introduce the kids to the way in which Jesus wants us to find happiness and fulfillment in service to our neighbor. I have always loved being a Catholic, and have always understood how the quality of life is improved when living out a Sacramental Life within the Church. Thanks to the parents who have supported this program.