Pastor’s Notes

Pastor’s Notes

From Father’s Desk

Dear Parishioners, Last weekend I assisted at the ordination of three new priests for our diocese. The cathedral was packed, Bishop Frank reminded us all of the gift of the priesthood. It was a beautiful experience, made especially so because three days earlier I had the pleasure of joining a[…]

From Father’s Desk

Happy 1st Holy Communion! Saturday the 4th of May found all of Stamford in full First Holy Communion mode. It seemed every Parish was holding a special Mass with crowds of snazzily dressed boys and girls like saints in white dresses and veils. At St Gabriel and St Cecilia it[…]

From Father’s Desk

Dear Parishioners, He is Risen-He is truly Risen! That phrase is one of the most ancient greetings, in use since the first century, spoken by Catholics of the church founded directly by apostolic preaching. It is humbling to realize that we carry on the mission of Christ and are still[…]

From Father’s Desk

I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire. ~ St. Ignatius of Antioch Dear Parishioners: He is truly Risen![…]

From Father’s Desk

Dear Parishioners: The end of Lent seems to have suddenly come upon us, maybe because this year I have the privilege of caring for two parishes, and also brushing up on Canon Law in preparation for my departure for Rome in a few short months. As we begin the even[…]

From Father’s Desk

Dear Parishioners: We’re moving quickly through Lent, and our Parish Collaborative Committee is up and collaborating. The first Collaborative Committee meeting of the Parishes of St Gabriel and St Cecilia was held last month. A working group of 12 parishioners chosen from the members of the two Visioning committees forms[…]