Browsing The Spirit of Things by Fr. Bob

Mass Intentions for 2018

Posted by Carol Dolinar

What is a Mass intention? We list them in the bulletin in the Mass schedule for the week. An individual may ask a priest to offer a Mass for several reasons: for example, in thanksgiving, for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday), or, as is ... Read More »

Led By The Spirit

Posted by Carol Dolinar

Fr. Adam Potter is the one who best set the tone last weekend when we announced the clergy changes in our parish. If you haven’t heard, in addition to my responsibilities as Pastor of St. Benedict the Abbot, I am also the Administrator of St. Francis of Assisi Parish ... Read More »

**IMPORTANT** On Mission/Reorganization Update

Posted by Carol Dolinar

This past Wednesday, we priests found out the results from the year-long Parish Consultations, which began last September. We are to share the results with you this weekend. The Parish Consultations consisted of the parish meetings last fall and the associated packets, which you had the opportunity to fill ... Read More »

Special Collection For Those Affected By Hurricane Harvey

Posted by Carol Dolinar

We have received numerous calls this week from parishioners asking how they can help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The bishops across the United States have asked that a special collection be taken at all parishes across the United States in two weeks, the weekend of September 16/17, for ... Read More »

The Transforming Power of God’s Presence

Posted by Carol Dolinar

Last week, my classmate from Glasgow, Scotland, Fr. Paul Milarvie, came for a visit. Although we keep in touch from time-to-time, it had been 8 years since we had seen each other face-to-face. It was nice to see him. He marveled over many things at St. Benedict the Abbot: ... Read More »

Transformed by Summer Beauty

Posted by Carol Dolinar

For many of us in the northeast United States, summertime is a great time to be alive and enjoy Mother Nature. In the winter we are stuck inside, but in the summer we embrace the sun, the blue skies and all the fun that the season offers. Many go ... Read More »

Defending Our Religious Freedom

Posted by Carol Dolinar

Since 2012, during the 14 days leading up to July 4, the United States bishops have been celebrating the Fortnight For Freedom, which highlights the need to defend our religious freedom. As Catholics we believe that no one should be forced to act in a manner contrary to his ... Read More »

Learning From Saint Anthony of Padua

Posted by Carol Dolinar

We can learn a lot from the lives of the saints including St. Anthony of Padua, whose feast day we celebrated this past Tuesday, June 13. Many people pray to him when they lose something. But beyond that, do we know anything about St. Anthony? Do we know why ... Read More »

Take the Online Survey Now / Construction Begins This Week

Posted by Carol Dolinar

Two major projects begin this month in the parish. The first is that as of yesterday (Saturday, June 3) the link to the online survey is live. I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to take it.

The survey was first proposed by the Pastoral Council to gather ... Read More »

On Mission Update

Posted by Carol Dolinar

On Thursday, May 11, members of the St. Benedict the Abbot On Mission Team and I attended our district (regional) On Mission meeting, where the diocese shared the latest model — now called a “grouping” — with us. It also was an opportunity for our On Mission Team to ... Read More »