Category Archives: New pastoral experiences

I’m taking a year off starting in June, but staying in Gloucester

[This is a slightly updated version of a note in our parish bulletin this weekend.] Almost two years have passed since I began my ministry at Holy Family Parish here on Cape Ann. It’s been a really blessed time! This … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s Table blessing – photos

St. Joseph’s feast day is very popular in our Italian community. The way it is celebrated here was brought to Gloucester by the immigrants from Sicily. ┬áPart of the celebration is to prepare a table with oranges, lemons, bread, and … Continue reading

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My interview with Hercules Werneck of the Brazilian Apostolate of Boston

Part of my ministry here at Holy Family Parish is to attend to the spiritual needs of the Brazilian community. Last Sunday after Mass, I was interviewed by Hercules Werneck, who – besides his day job at a car wash … Continue reading

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Moving day approaches… quickly!

If all goes as planned, I will be moving to my new parish in Massachusetts in two weeks, on August 9th. It’s my first real move after coming to diocesan life, so it will be something of an adventure. I … Continue reading

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A year in Newburgh… and moving on

It’s been almost exactly a year since I arrived to Newburgh on July 14, 2010, to start working at St Patrick’s Parish and Our Lady of the Lake. It’s been an exciting year! After 19 years living in the community … Continue reading

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A year since I left… and no regrets.

A year ago today was my first full day at home after moving out of the Legionary community. A lot has happened in the intervening 365 days! Fortunately, I can say I have no regrets. I have no doubt that … Continue reading

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My first baptism at the parish

I’ve baptized children before, but this was my first time in St Patrick’s Parish (at the mission church of Our Lady of the Lake). It’s really a blessing to be the instrument for a person being “born again of water … Continue reading

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