Earlier today, following the Laetare Sunday Mass offered by Father Peter Langevin (Diocese of Norwich, CT), the executive committee of the SGS met in the parish rectory to review the activities of 2017 and chart a course for 2018. The meeting was chaired by Nicholas Renouf and Bill Riccio.
Prayers for the good work of the St. Gregory Society.
First Friday is tomorrow, March 2. Low Mass will be offered at 8:00 a.m. for the intention of those enrolled in the St Gregory Purgatorial Society.
Mass is at St Stanislaus Church, State and Eld Streets, New Haven.
The Spring 2018 Ember Days begin today, and continue on Friday and Saturday. There is an intensity of prayer, fasting and almsgiving for Ember Days.
Ember Days are days of fasting and partial abstaining from meat: days of penance with the intention of thanking God for the gifts He gives us in nature and asking Him for the discipline to use them in moderation. The fasts, known as “the fast of the four seasons,” are rooted in Old Testament practices of fasting four times a year:
Thus saith the Lord of hosts: The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth shall be to the house of Judah, joy, and gladness, and great solemnities: only love ye truth and peace.
It is good to ponder what St Cyril of Jerusalem once said,
“I praise and glorify Him that made us; for it is a divine command which saith, Let every breath praise the Lord. I am attempting now to glorify the Lord, but not to describe Him, knowing nevertheless that I shall fall short of glorifying Him worthily, yet deeming it a work of piety even to attempt it at all. For the Lord Jesus encourageth my weakness, by saying, No man hath seen God at any time.”
On Tuesday, February 20th, at 7:00 p.m. we will have a High Mass Requiem for Deacon Robert Brunell who died on January 25th.
Deacon Robert was a long-time member of the St Gregory Society and periodically served at the Altar.
Please come an pray for his peaceful repose.
Low Mass for Quinquagesima Sunday will be offered this coming Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Low Mass for Ash Wednesday will be offered on February 14th, at 5:00 p.m.