Hello Deacons, Wives and Candidates,
Well, let’s start out with what is most important… Congratulations to Deacon Ben LoCasto and Deacon Octavio Flores who were ordained to the Permanent Diaconate on Saturday, 7/16/16 at 10:30 AM. Both of them celebrated their first Masses on Sunday, 7/17/16 and delivered their first formal homily. Congratulations again to both of you and your wives Rachel Locasto and Laura Flores for completing a most important journey. Your lives will never be the same. I am pleased and proud to call you brothers and sisters in Christ.
Thanks to all the Deacons and wives who attended the Ordination. It was a great celebration and a reminder of the gift of the Diaconate. It was a humbling experience. Thanks also to Kathy Hoffman for taking pictures during the celebration. We’ll circulate pictures as they become available.
Now for the next big celebration. This coming Sunday, 7/24/16, Deacons and their wives are assembling at the 10:30 AM Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the Diaconate Jubilee Year of Mercy. Please wear your alb and green stole as it’s the 17th Sunday in Ordinary time. We’ll sit in a reserved area for Deacons and their wives at the regular Sunday Mass. This Mass will be followed by lunch at Noon at the Bella Fiori restaurant in Norwich. At the lunch we’ll hear from some Deacons who attended the Jubilee Year of Mercy celebration in Rome with Pope Francis.