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LETTER FROM THE DESERT: PROVINCIAL EDITION PDF Print E-mail

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Fr. Dennis in El Paso with Fr. Marciano, one of the founding members of the new community

My five day visit to El Paso was something of a whirlwind, but here are some enduring impressions:

Our local AA community, Peter, Ron and Chano, fully constituted only within the last several weeks, is ready to take up a mission whose specific contours have not fully come into view, but whose presence to the local community is warmly welcomed. I saw ample evidence of that, in particular from a cohort of generous volunteers and from the local Knights of Columbus.

A meeting with Bishop Seitz was the occasion to thank him for having received us so well and for him to reiterate his hope and support for a fruitful ministry at the border. We discussed at length the nature of our presence at St. Francis Xavier Parish and made some important decisions regarding its future and our ministry to migrants, drawing upon the particular gifts deriving from our Assumptionist charism.

A highlight of the stay was a visit with our Religious of the Assumption sisters in Chaparral, New Mexico, a 30-minute drive from our house in El Paso. The sisters’ effective ministry to the poor and to recent immigrants has been a mainstay of that community for more than fifteen years. With the relaxation of COVID restrictions, the prospects for a friendship and collaboration with the Sisters holds out much promise.

Please pray for our brothers as they respond to this fresh call to build up God’s Kingdom.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 03 June 2021 12:45
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MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION AT ST. ANNE'S & ST. PATRICK'S PDF Print E-mail

MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION AT ST. ANNE'S & ST. PATRICK'S

We thank all those who joined us on Memorial Day to remember and pray for those we have lost and honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

A special thank you to the family and friends of Fr. Oliver Blanchette (1916-2020) and Fr. Camillus Thibault (1929-2020) who joined us for the celebration.

Here are the photos - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1hA3nZcY1iGy3TeePayeP7f9eUEzFw86m?usp=sharing

 

 
MEMORIAL DAY MASS OF REMEMBRANCES AND THANKSGIVING PDF Print E-mail

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Memorial Day Mass for Camillus & Oliver

St. Anne and St. Patrick Parish (Fiskdale MA)

Monday, May 31, 2021 at 10 AM EDT

We're happy to share news with our extended Assumption family of our gathering in person this year for our annual Memorial Day Mass at St. Anne’s in Fiskdale. The Mass will be celebrated in the outdoor pavilion at 10:00 am on Monday, May 31st.

Since we were not able to have a public funeral Mass for either Fr. Camillus or Fr. Oliver this past year, the Memorial Day Mass will remember and honor the two of them in a special way. Family members and friends are most welcome to join us for this celebration.  After Mass we will have a gathering outside, weather permitting, on the lawn adjacent to the bookstore.

We hope that as many of us as possible can join together for this Mass of remembrance and thanksgiving.

The Memorial Day Mass for Camillus & Oliver will be livestreamed on the St. Anne & St. Patrick YouTube Channel and shared on our Facebook page for those who are unable to join us in person.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 May 2021 11:36
 
CELEBRATING ASIAN AND ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDERS THIS MONTH PDF Print E-mail

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Last Updated on Saturday, 08 May 2021 18:30
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PROVINCIAL POST - I AM THE VINE YOU ARE THE BRANCHES PDF Print E-mail

I am the Vine,

 you are the branches

a tale of three prepositions

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a reflection by Fr. Dennis Gallagher

What’s in a preposition? When it comes to understanding the Christian life, quite a bit. Take three of them - for, with, and in - and consider their relative force as each one relates to our relationship to Christ. I will proceed in ascending order.

The preposition “for” suggests a cause to which I give my life. Is it true to say that to become a Christian is to enlist my life in the cause of Christ, to fly under his banner, so to speak? In a qualified sense, I suppose this can be the case. The problem is that my person exists at a certain remove from a cause. It may succeed in stirring up my passion and giving a purposeful direction to my life, but as such it’s not so different from any other cause - communism or pacifism or animal rights. Does it suffice to say that as a Christian I have advanced the cause of Christ in the world?

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Last Updated on Saturday, 08 May 2021 18:31
 
CAMPUS MINISTRY NEWSLETTER PDF Print E-mail

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A Letter from
Brother Daniele Caglioni, A.A.

I know that we’re in the final stretch of the semester, when papers pile up and there seems to be a quiz every other day… I don’t mean to add another thing to your to-do list, but I have a little assignment for you. In the weeks that remain of this unprecedented year, and in the months of Summer that await us, I want you to exercise your hope.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 April 2021 10:04
 
CAMPUS MINISTRY NEWSLETTER PDF Print E-mail

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A Letter from
Maeve McDonald '21

I think that this is the most challenging time of year.  We are finally free from early sunsets, pitch black mornings and frozen cars and are transitioning into dewy mornings, warm air and soft rainfall.

And yet, the transition is not as clear or as complete as we would likely prefer.  We are teased by the warm weather.  Our picnics basking in the fresh smelling grass, walks in the warmth of the afternoon sun, sleeping with the windows open as a soft breeze is billowing the curtains can all be snatched away in the blink of an eye.

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Last Updated on Friday, 23 April 2021 14:40
 
YOU WON'T BE BORED AT THE MONTMARTRE IN QUEBEC CITY PDF Print E-mail

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An article by Michèle Castonguay, Lay Assumptionist in Quebec

My life has not been the same since I have been participating in the formation courses offered by the Assumptionist religious brothers of Montmartre in Quebec City. I have the impression of experiencing a new birth, both intellectually and spiritually. Whether it is the reading of biblical texts or the study of painters who throughout the centuries have been inspired by the Bible, these spiritual encounters strengthen our faith. We are deepening our understanding of the epistles of St. Paul, especially his letter to the Romans, which we are working on with Father Edouard. With a focus on the person of the risen Christ, these readings and classes give us a greater understanding of the human being in relationship with God.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 April 2021 14:42
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EASTER IN ORIZABA, MEXICO PDF Print E-mail

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Last Updated on Monday, 12 April 2021 15:48
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You're Invited: Agape Latte Zoom Event at Assumption University! PDF Print E-mail

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Dear Assumption Family,

Next week is Assumption University's Espresso Your Faith Week, a week-long celebration that highlights the spiritual life of Assumption University and celebrates the gift of faith working in our lives and in our community.

While the majority of events will be able only to students on campus (see attached brochure for the entire schedule), we invite the wider Assumption family to join us on Monday, April 12 at 7:00PM EDT (via Zoom) for an Agape Latte with our very own Fr. Richard Lamoureux, Vice President for Mission at Assumption University, as he shares with us lessons learned in life and how faith has been pivotal through all of his adventures. (Zoom Meeting ID: 960 9509 5233)

What's Agape Latte? Come see for yourself!

A storytelling series on life and faith that invites your favorite Assumption faculty/staff to share powerful personal stories and transformative moments in their own lives about times they saw God working in their everyday life and about friendships, hope, forgiveness, family, vocational discernment, love, failures and loss, discovery, prayer, and the human experience so come and be inspired!

 Click here for more information - PDF file

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 April 2021 13:39
 
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