Keeping Us Connected Newsletter
October 16, 2020
“For nothing will be impossible for God.”
– Luke 1:37
Dear Saint Mary Friends,

October is the Month of the Holy Rosary, so in last week’s Newsletter we looked at the importance of Mary and the Rosary in the Battle of Lepanto. This week let’s look at a man whose Feast Day we celebrated on October 5. Blessed Bartolo Longo, the “Saint of the Rosary.” He’s one in a long line of men and women who were anything but saints in their early lives – but as Mary said to Elizabeth at the Visitation, “Nothing will be impossible for God.”

Bartolo is a sobering example of what can happen when God, the true God, is replaced by lesser things. Those things then become “gods” and a replacement religion because as St. Augustine says, our hearts are made for God, and if they are not filled with God’s Spirit and the love of God they will be filled with lesser and often harmful things. We can see this strikingly today.

Bartolo was studying Law at the University of Naples, getting caught up in Italian politics as supreme over Faith and Church. The Church was an enemy of the State. Later he would write, “I grew to hate monks, priests and the Pope, and in particular [I detested] the Dominicans, the most formidable, furious opponents of those great modern professors, proclaimed by the university the sons of progress, the defenders of science, the champions of every sort of freedom.” Sound familiar?

Furthermore, in his rejection of faith, and seeking to fill that “God-sized hole” in his heart, he took to the occult and spiritualism – eventually leading to him being ordained a satanic priest! Depressions, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts followed. The rest of his story is the slow journey to faith, healing, and a strong devotion to Our Lady and her Rosary. In fact, Pope St. John Paul II said that his inspiration to add the luminous mysteries to the Rosary were inspired by Longo. The holy Father loved in particular, this prayer of Longo’s.
For more on Blessed Bartolo Longo, former satanic priest, you can watch this video HERE. It’s long (50 minutes) and the polar opposite of an action/adventure film, but well worth the time.

Phase III Increase in Mass Attendance
Now that Connecticut in in Phase III of re-opening, we are adding to the numbers attending some Masses beginning this weekend. The 4:30 PM Vigil Mass and the 10:30 AM Sunday morning Mass will be in the gym accommodating up to 180 - 200 people. Registration will still be as usual.

Children's Chalk Rosary
A Children's Chalk Rosary will be prayed Saturday, Oct. 24 from 2-3pm in the back of St. Mary School by the playground. We will pray a decade of the Rosary together, enjoy some fall treats and play! This event is hosted by the Children's Liturgy of the Word volunteers! All are welcome. Registration is necessary - link below.

Peace and blessings,
Monsignor Royal

Praised be Jesus Christ!
Now and Forever. Amen.
Also in today’s Newsletter:

COMING UP...
MONDAYS WITH MARY
SESSION TWO

Our Lady of Kibeho
Monday, October 19th


Our presenter visited with one of the visionaries at the shrine.

FAITH & FAMILY
All Saints Bonfire!! 
Friday, October 30th @ 6-8pm

We've got a wonderful opportunity for a limited number of families of 1st-5th graders to gather for a bonfire at Parishioner John Papa's rustic West Lane Farm. We hope you can us for this socially-distanced outdoor event celebrating the Lives of the Saints! 

Wear a costume of a favorite saint (optional) OR bring a favorite Saint Story to share by the fire. We will have saint-related activities setup around the property.

Masks are required where appropriate distance cannot be kept; and parents must attend, as they will be responsible for their children. Families are welcome to bring their own food. There are no bathrooms, so please plan ahead.

RSVP NOW! Space is limited.
PRAYER AND SACRAMENTS
MASS REGISTRATION

Saturday, Oct 17

Sunday, Oct 18



Additional seating (180 total) has been added to the Saturday 4:30 PM and 10:30 AM Masses; both Masses are now in the Gym - Nancy Bossidy Rec Center.

SUNDAY MASSES: RESERVATIONS CLOSE SUNDAY AT 8 AM
SATURDAY MASS: RESERVATIONS CLOSE SATURDAY AT NOON

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

WEEKDAY MASSES
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

Sacrament of Confession

Tuesdays - 4:15 PM

Saturdays - 3:30 to 4:15 PM

Nancy Bossidy Rec Center (GYM)
Please remember to wear a face mask

Adoration Chapel
OPEN DAILY
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. 

WAYS TO CONTINUE YOUR WEEKLY OFFERTORY

Online Giving is an easy way to give with a click of a button.

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