Seeing God in Service to the Poor
On Sunday September 27th (if it hadn't been a Sunday) the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Vincent de Paul. This 17th Century priest dedicated himself to serving the poor. Founding the Congregation of the Missions (also known as the Vincentians, which is why our Bishop, David O'Connell who is a member of this Community, has the initials "C.M." after his name), the members take vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and stability, dedicated to devoting themselves entirely to the people in smaller towns and villages. Vincent conducted retreats for clergy at a time of rampant abuse, and ignorance and exploitation of power among them. He advanced the training of the clergy and established seminaries. He also founded the religious order of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul. He was renowned for his compassion, humility, and generosity. Vincent was canonized in 1737 and is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. In 1883, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam founded the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, a society that continues to follow the rules laid down by St. Vincent in serving the poor both at home and abroad.
This Sunday at the 9AM Mass we will be commissioning our new President for the St. Vincent de Paul Conference of Visitation Parish, Bob Casale, as well as thanking our outgoing President Dee DeTuro (who, far from completing her work in the Vincentians, will continue to work with the Diocesan Conference President and Visitation parishioner Joan Olden as her Vice President) for her years of dedicated service to the parish Conference.
It is particularly important at this most trying time of our nation's history to remember the commandment of Jesus to "Love one another" as he has loved us (Jn. 15:12). Truly, it is in working for the good of others that we truly discover our identity as brothers and sisters in Christ as well as sons and daughters of our heavenly Father. During this time of social distancing and lock-downs many of us have discovered, often to our dismay, the perils of being left alone too long with one's own thoughts and fears. By reaching out to others we are able to reconnect heart to heart and rediscover the joy that God means for us to experience. On this feast day of St. Vincent de Paul and with this reminder of how each of us can serve God in serving others, please consider the opportunity to do so by becoming a Vincentian. Recognizing that some may still be uncomfortable with working in close proximity with others, it is possible to join as an associate, helping to field telephone calls and other tasks that can be done remotely. If instead there is a need for material help (a "hand up"), our parish Society can be contacted at 732-477-9672, ext 160 and a Vincentian (who are volunteers, as this is an important aspect of the Vincentian Rule) will reach out to you.
If we are faithful to God, we lack nothing.
St. Vincent de Paul
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
On SUNDAY, October 4th we will have a "Virtual" BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS in honor of St. Francis during the 9AM Mass. St. Francis medals and Pet Prayer cards will be available after this Mass. If you are unable to attend (or will be doing so virtually via our YouTube live feed) you may obtain a copy of the Prayer card
here (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
here (Microsoft Office DOC)
A review of our Mass and sacramental schedule for this weekend:
in the Rectory Chapel
a congregation, in-church Communion during Mass (
outdoor Communion afterwards)
- Mass Live streamed
a congregation. Outdoor Communion will be available afterwards and radio reception available in the parking lot at 107.7FM
a congregation, in-church Communion during Mass (
outdoor Communion afterwards) PLEASE NOTE: While making a reservation is
required, we are encouraging people to do so; this way you can be assured of having a seat. We have noticed that in-church attendance is steadily increasing and, in anticipation that we may reach capacity at weekend Masses, we have prepared the Church Hall for social distancing and live-streaming the Mass from upstairs. When needed, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will bring the Blessed Sacrament so that people in the Church Hall can receive Communion during Mass.
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Those without Internet access (and please let your friends and neighbors know!) can call
Sunday 9AM Live-stream Mass
Not yet ready to return to the church building? WE UNDERSTAND and will continue to offer live streamed Mass on Sundays at 9AM with outdoor Communion available in the church parking lot. See this weekend's Mass on YouTube at
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This week's edition:
We continue to pray for an end to the virus, those who are infected and those who care for the sick. May God continue to bless us and keep us close to Him.
Fr. Ed Blanchett
on Friday, September 25 at 3:00PM