Fr. Bill’s Weekly Letter

How can we pray for one another?

Dear Parish Family…

How can we pray for one another? We all remember the words of Jesus, “Where two or more of you are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matt. 18:20) We know the importance of the power of prayer and need from time to time to be aware of the ways we can let our prayer intentions be known to the community.

If a family member is ill, in the hospital or homebound and you would like their name included in the bulletin prayers, please call the parish office during business hours (Monday-Thursday 9:30-4:30PM). We are closed on Friday, but please leave a message in my voicemail and I will pick up that message early Saturday morning. Names will be included in the bulletin for one month. In the Prayers of the Faithful we place the names of each parishioner that is in Milford Hospital visited the Wednesday prior to our weekend gathering. The names of the deceased are prayed for prior to their funeral and after their burial. If a family member not from our parish has died and you would like prayers please call the parish office. Remember too that memorial Masses and the Sanctuary Lamp can be scheduled through the parish office.

In the rear of the church is our prayer request book. Prior to Mass feel free to write your requests for particular intentions in the intention book that is brought forward during the offertory and placed at the foot of the cross.

Look for our new website that will be launching soon! Included will also be a tab, “How can we pray for you?” ~ feel free to let your intention be known and let us know if your prayer request is private, or can be published in the bulletin and placed in the Prayers of the Faithful.

I am wondering if anyone would be interested in being part of a “prayer circle?” These are people who would be willing to pray for the people whose names are published in the bulletin, and pray for them by name each day that week. When a special prayer request is submitted to the office, one person would be called and each person would be contacted in the prayer circle to raise up that petition in prayer. If you are interested in joining this ministry please contact the office.

Yes, “Where two or more of you are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matt. 18:20) May we deepen our commitment to pray for each other as a community of faith.

Speaking of prayer, I am making my annual retreat this week, May 3-8th and would ask that you remember me in prayer. I’ll be back for the weekend Masses.

Fr. Bill

Happy Easter

Dear Parish Family…

Happy Easter everyone!  What a wonderful Holy Week journey we had!  All our liturgical ministers worked together to make our worship a truly meaningful experience for everyone who gathered in prayer.  So much organization, many rehearsals, and thoughtful planning goes on behind the scenes that truly makes our entrance into the mystery of our faith a beautiful faith-filled experience.  Thank you to all who contribute in so very many ways.

Before First Communions and Confirmation and especially before it gets too hot in Texas, I am going to leave Monday to visit three more Presidential Museums and Libraries.  The first stop on my journey will be in Dallas to visit The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.  This is the building from which Lee Harvey Oswald shot President Kennedy on November 22, 1963.  Then I will visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas at Universal City.  Both of these stops will take me a day each, since I don’t want to miss anything about the history they exhibit.

Next is a one day visit to College Station, Texas where the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is located.  After visiting that museum I drive to Austin, Texas for a few days to see the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum; the Texas State Capitol, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum.  Then I drive back to Dallas to get on a flight to Mexico City for a few days to visit the Teotihuacan Pyramids, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Coyoacan and Frida Kahlo Museum and Xochimilco and National University.  I then fly back to Dallas for my return flight to Boston on the 23rd.  I am looking forward to a very educational vacation with lots of homily material to boot!

The weekend I am away Fr. Tom Landry will be celebrating the Masses and filling in as needed.  I am sure that you will give him a warm Sacred Heart welcome.

Fr. Bill