His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.” John, 2:5
Pero su madre dijo a los sirvientes: “Hagan lo que él les diga.” Juan, 2:5
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
Saturday 7:15am. (English)
First Friday of the Month
7:00pm. Misa de Sanación (Spanish)
Sunday 8:00am. Wednesday 5:30pm.
or by appointment.401-421-7070
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH:
A rapid increase in suicide in our time is cause for alarm among pastoral workers and, of course, family members and other survivors of this tragedy. The depths of depression can rob a person of his or her desire to live. Over 90% of all deaths by suicide are a result of depression, implying a person is not in their “right” mind and therefore not capable of making a rational and moral decision. With the knowledge now available about suicide, about what precipitates the act itself and also the act’s tragic effect on survivors, the church takes a much more compassionate stance on this issue than it has in the past.
While God is the giver of life, and “we are obliged to accept life gratefully and preserve it,” there are occasions when a person resorts to this path as an only escape from deep psychological pain. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2280-2282).
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
We should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. The Church prays for persons who have taken their own lives. (no. 2283).
Good pastoral practice demands that the family members and other survivors of suicide be treated with the utmost compassion and care. It is helpful to refer to this death as “death by suicide,” rather than saying a person “committed suicide,” which infers a deliberate choice to end one’s life. The decision is more likely a choice to end the pain and anguish that a victim of suicide is suffering. If a person survives the attempt, great care and love can be offered by family, friends, and professionals to assure the person he/she is loved and can find help in coping with the issues that cause such a depth of pain.
Finally, a Catholic who has died by suicide is deserving of a Catholic funeral and burial in consecrated ground.
"WE'D LIKE TO HAVE OUR MARRIAGE BLESSED"
"We'd like to have our marriage blessed" is a statement we priests hear quite often, and it's one we welcome. It comes from couples who are seeking church approval of a ceremony that has already taken place either civilly or in the church of another denomination. While most people call it a 'blessing', the technical name is 'con-validation'. Catholics choose to be married outside the church for a variety of reasons. Sometimes one partner is formerly married, and an annulment has not been sought or granted. Sometimes a couple is unwilling, for whatever reason, to take the time for the necessary marriage
preparation. Then there are those who are not at all active in the church, and choose a ceremony that better fits their relationship, high on romance, low on religion. At a later time - sometimes years - the couple has second thoughts. They grow to recognize their dependence on God and their need for the church
community. They may miss Eucharist. They want to share sacraments with their children. So they contact the parish.
Generally, the priest will invite the couple in for a talk, and will spend some time putting marriage in the whole context of faith and sacrament. If previous
marriages are involved, annulments are pursued, and then the marriage can be blessed. The con-validation ceremony may include Mass, or it can be as simple as the couple wishes. If you have been married outside the church, and would like to inquire about having your marriage blessed, call one of your priests for an appointment.
Frs. James and Nick
Hna. Glenda en Concierto
- GOD is good -
- DIOS es bueno -
St. Patrick Academy provides a Catholic college-preparatory education to all students, regardless of need, who aspire to spiritual, personal and academic excellence.
We follow the example of our patron saint who displayed courage, patience, perseverance, and great love in returning to preach and teach the Gospel in the land that had earlier enslaved him. As we move forward in our mission, we remember that we are never alone. To paraphrase the words of our patron saint,
“Christ with us, Christ before us, Christ behind us, Christ within us.”
God bless you! Mr. Bruce Daigle