Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Sisters of Mercy Convent
By the time you are reading this our convent will be demolished or mostly demolished. I would like to take a moment and remember the Sisters of Mercy. I reflect on the service they have given to the people of Bordentown and sacrifices they have made. I pray those who have gone to their eternal rest may find the reward promised to them for all the good they have done while on this earth. I pray for those who are still living that their lives are comfortable and restful. I want to thank the Sisters of Mercy for their service to the St. Mary Parish and the people of Bordentown.
October 4, Feast of St Francis of Assisi
At a meeting of priests and deacons and on the instruction of Bishop O’ Connell it was felt that we as a parish should offer the opportunity for healing. I know many people, self-included, have been deeply affected and hurt by the revelations of the last number of weeks. I would like if we could come together as a family and pray for healing. Healing for those hurt by members of our clergy, healing for us as members of the church and for personal healing for the hurts we have personally experienced. The date chosen is October 4 at 7pm in St Mary Church, Bordentown and Holy Assumption Church, Roebling. This time of prayer and reflection will be in the format of a Holy Hour. There will be a reflection at the beginning and Benediction at the end with quiet time for personal prayer time. I truly hope you will be able to come, come as a family, invite a friend, come as yourself, let us come together as one family praying for our brothers and sisters who are hurting.
Vision For Our Parish
At all masses over the past number of weeks I have spoken about three meetings that I am hoping to have on October 18, November 19 and 29 @ 7pm in the Parish Center, Bordentown. The purpose of these meetings is to help us have best practice in planning our parishes future.
What are the needs of our senior members?
What are the needs of young parents/families?
What are the needs of our young people?
What are the needs of our new parish members?
What are the needs of those who are bereaved?
The big question for us as a parish family is: How Do We Answer These Questions? If you fall into any of these groups I invite you to contact the parish office and ask to have your name added to the list. Another important question is: Is there any group not mentioned, not represented, not heard? I ask you please come forward and let’s grow our parish family together.
Prayer of St Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace!
Where there is hatred … let me now love
Where there is injury … pardon
Where there is doubt … faith
Where there is despair … hope
Where there is darkness … light
Where there is sadness … joy
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled … as to console
To be understood … as to understand
To be loved … as to love
for It is in giving … that we receive
It is in pardoning … that we are pardoned
It is in dying … that we are born to eternal life.
~ Fr. Martin