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Fr. Tom’s Letters


Each week Fr. Tom writes a letter to parishioners in our bulletin.  Every letter is comprehensive, including current information about the Parish, an explanation of Scripture for that Sunday, and an invitation to become more engaged in the life of the parish.





January 13, 2019

Dear Parishioners,

I want to give you an update on the church work being done on our pews and church floor. I have to admit I underestimated the complexity of the work. The flooring company Terra Firma, a good name for a marble flooring company, has completed much preparation this week. This includes filling holes in the floor with a special epoxy compound, and removal of areas that were marked by heavy dirt and grime. Dust and odor characterized the work. Terra Firma assured me that a clean-up on Friday would make the church accessible for the weekend. We had considered moving the weekend Masses to the auditorium. Terra Firma has been doing this work in churches and buildings for many years and report that churches have always been able to use their buildings for weekend Masses.

As was communicated earlier, daily Masses are being held in the school chapel. We have been celebrating the 7:30 and 9:00 Masses on a daily basis and these very faithful and generous parishioners have been very supportive in all the adjustments that we have made. In addition, the seventh grade faith formation class of about 110 students celebrated Mass with me this past Wednesday night. Originally scheduled for the church, the dust and odor were a little strong so we called an “audible” at the last minute and moved the Mass to the chapel which has 63 seats. We gathered an additional 45 seats, managed to fit everybody, and had a wonderful Mass centered on the gospel of Jesus calming the storm at sea. The kids were great. They said we scored a “touchdown.” It was a great experience of seventh grade faith formation.

Two difficulties have arisen regarding the repair and re-polishing of the floor. We have had to take special precautions regarding the organ and piano. They have been protected with special coverings. In addition, Tim Brown, our director and organist has suffered a serious hand injury. During the time of floor renovation, we will not have weekend music for the weekends of January. If the floor repair is concluded prior to January 27, we will be able to resume music then.

The second problem concerns funerals. We have not yet had a request for a funeral during this time. If a family needs a funeral, we will be able to celebrate the funeral at St. Anne’s, but it will not be the best of circumstances. We will stop the work and prepare the church the best we can. If a family chooses to keep the funeral here, we will do our best to provide the comfort and consolation of a Funeral Mass as we always do. If a family would prefer to have the funeral elsewhere, we will do our best to assist the family in finding another church for the Funeral Mass. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause. I have spoken to the pastor of Our Lady of Victory to ask for OLV’s assistance in this regard.

There are no weddings scheduled until March. The work on the church floor is progressing well and I think will be completed by February 1. At that time we will be able to have 450 chairs in place and have all our regular Masses and funerals in the church. The pews will be returned sometime around March 1.

The two “side sections” of the church, by the organ and by the pulpit/ambo will be completed after the large set of pews are returned.

When you are in church today, you will observe how worn and darkened the floor is. The re-polished floor will be returned to its original color and the stone will be returned to its gloss. Terra Firma reports that the floor will have the shiny appearance of a newly installed marble kitchen counter. We look forward to the work’s completion.


Fr. Johnny and his 22 pilgrims will be leaving for World Youth Day 2019 Panama late next Saturday night. The pilgrims have met frequently, done much planning, and are ready to embark on a journey that they will always remember. Seven adults are accompanying our young people who will gather with close to another 1,000,000 young people whose highlight will be meeting Pope Francis and having an open air mass with Francis. The parish has been very supportive in helping defray the individual costs for the pilgrims. Our prayers are with them and we look forward to hearing their reports from WYD 2019, Panama.


As I have shared with you before, I very much look forward to my Annual Retreat in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The retreat begins this Wednesday and continues until the following Thursday. The retreat house is named Gonzaga Retreat House and is administered by Jesuits. The retreat house property borders the Atlantic Ocean and a good winter storm always provides some spectacular views of dramatic ocean waves. The retreat is an eight day silent retreat. I have much to pray for during these prayerful days, very much including our parish, our parish families, and particularly those who are ill and homebound. Please include me in your prayers during these days of retreat.

Enjoy a peace-filled week!

Peace be with you!

Fr. Tom




























































































































































































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