Parish bulletin; music sheet for Mass; Confessions soon; Tolkien talks
Here is a link to our
St. Patrick bulletin
for this Sunday, which you can also access on our parish website under the "Information" top menu. In this weekend's issue you will find some colorful pictures sent in by some of our younger parishioners, as well as some reflections by Pope Francis and one of our Dominican student brothers about remembering those who will remain largely isolated and possibly left behind as the pandemic restrictions begin to lift.
Recently I spoke with one of our parishioners by phone who is a resident at Mother Angeline McCrory Manor here in Columbus. While she is receiving great care, she is pretty much completely confined to her room. There is a wonderful Catholic chapel there, but she cannot go to Mass in the chapel--she can only watch it on her TV screen. She cannot even go to the dining room: as a sensible precaution for such vulnerable population, all meals are brought to the residents' rooms. She does have the great gift of being able to receive Holy Communion, which is brought to her room after the Mass, but in almost every other way she is isolated even from her friends at the Manor. She was glad to receive a phone call, but misses the visits from her family and friends that have become impossible (and probably will be for quite some time to come) due to the devastating effects that the coronavirus can have in a nursing care facility. If you have family members or friends in similar situations, you know that even an occasional phone call or a note (or even a colorful picture from a child) can mean so much to them.
For those who will participate in our live-stream Sunday Mass this weekend at 9am (or if you watch it later from the archived recording on our parish website), here is the
so that you can follow along with the music and antiphons:
Confessions are coming very soon
The Diocese is just about ready to set in motion a plan for individual confessions. Look for details in a Flocknote early this coming week!
The Catholic Imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien
If you are a fan (or open to becoming one) of the great Catholic author of
The Lord of the Rings
, here are links to a series of four half-hour audio presentations by former pastor Fr. Michael Mary Dosch, O.P. archived on the website of St. Gabriel Catholic Radio that bring out the rich Catholic dimensions of these beloved novels. The
(7/27/15) is mainly about J.R.R. Tolkien's own life, and how it contributed to his writings. The
(8/03/15) presents the Catholic aspects of
(8/17/15) present the Catholic themes of
The Lord of the Rings
. Whether you are new to Middle Earth, or even a well-travelled pilgrim, these presentations from Fr. Michael Mary will be well worth the listen.
Links to past Flocknotes
Divine Mercy Sunday message; parish bulletin; Enthronement of the Sacred Heart:
Easter Sunday message; photos of our Paschal Candle:
Your feedback welcome on "Soup and Spirit" series, as well as your suggestions for future topics:
Free Magnificat and MagnifiKid; Dominican friar "Quarantine Lectures":
Thank you for your prayers and your kindness. Your friars look forward to seeing you again as soon as possible!
Fr. Stephen, O.P.
Fr. Stephen Alcott, OP
on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 12:58PM