Keeping Us Connected Newsletter
October 2, 2020

Praise the Lord from the heavens…Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts! Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars!
--Psalm 148

Dear Saint Mary Friends,

In this Newsletter you’ll find videos on angels (since this week we observed Feasts of both Archangels and Guardian Angels), and information (yes, short notice) on our pet blessing this Sunday, October 4 at 3:00 PM in the school parking lot. October 4 is the actual Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of animals.

St. Francis is one of the more misunderstood saints in our time. Movies and secularists present him as a squishy environmentalist. He was anything but. He loved animals and nature because they were creations of his God, and glorified him when they lived true to their natures. That’s why he could speak with the wolf of Gubbio, and “convert” him from attacking human beings. He could sing of “Brother Son, Sister Moon, not in some vague pantheistic spirituality, but because all creation has it’s source in the One God. He even sings of “Sister Bodily Death.”

Often missed is St. Francis’ fierce Catholic Faith and devotion to the Eucharist. For example:

“All those who refuse to do penance and receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ are blind, because they cannot see the true light, our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 “Let the entire man be seized with fear; let the whole world tremble; let heaven exult when Christ, the Son of the Living God, is on the altar in the hands of the priest. O admirable height and stupendous condescension! O humble sublimity! O sublime humility! that the Lord of the universe, God and the Son of God, so humbles Himself that for our salvation He hides Himself under a morsel of bread.”

 “Shall we not by all these things be moved with a sense of duty when the good Lord Himself places Himself in our hands and we handle Him and receive Him daily? Are we unmindful that we must needs fall into His hands? Let us then at once and resolutely correct these faults and others; and wheresoever the most holy Body of our Lord Jesus Christ may be improperly reserved and abandoned, let It be removed thence and let It be put and enclosed in a precious place.”

Many blessings,
Monsignor Royal
Praised be Jesus Christ!
Now and Forever. Amen.
Also in today’s Newsletter:

Book study starting October 8 for 10 weeks!

Day & Evening Sessions
Zoom & In-Person Available

Click here for more information
Walking with Purpose is coming to St. Mary Parish October 8th via ZOOM!

Click here for more info

Saturday, Oct 3

Sunday, Oct 4

Registration for Sunday Masses goes live on our website each Thursday @ 9 AM

The 10:30 AM Sunday Mass will be livestreamed
Watch LIVE and afterwards (anytime) on our Facebook page and website


Nancy Bossidy Rec Center (GYM)

Monday, 12:30 PM
Tuesday, 5:00 PM
Wednesday, 12:30 PM
Thursday, 5:00 PM
Friday, 12:30 PM
No Registration Needed
Please do not arrive earlier than 12:15 PM to the 12:30 PM Mass

The Church is closed for renovations
Sacrament of Confession

Tuesdays - 4:15 PM

Saturdays - 3:30 to 4:30 PM

Nancy Bossidy Rec Center (GYM)
Please remember to wear a face mask
Adoration Chapel
10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Limited to 4 people at any one time

If the 4 places are full, a visitor must wait outside or return at another time.
Chairs and kneelers are safely distanced and the air conditioning and air circulation system works well.
Many thanks for your continued support of our Parish!
Your support helps maintain our Parish facilities and bring the Eucharist and God's Word to our community - plus it helps those in need through our many ministries. 


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You may mail your offertory to the Parish office as well; mail is picked up every day. St. Mary Parish, 55 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877