Saturday, September 22, 2007

Some happenings in the area

When good and profitable things are happening in this Diocese, I think it's only good to broadcast that fact. Three in particular have caught my eye as important happenings in the near future.

First, St. Pius X parish in Manchester will be honoring the 90th anniversary of our Blessed Mother's apparitions at Fatima, Portugal on Monday, October 1 at 7 PM. There will be an outdoor procession (yes, a real procession!) and indoors there will be a special blessing with the Monstrance by Fr. Bob Gorski, the rosary, the Divine Mercy chaplet and Benediction as well as refreshments. One could, of course, say the former are refreshment in and of themselves! It is indeed good to see truly Catholic activities like Marian processions becoming more common in this Diocese.

Second, Fr. Marc Montminy (the twin brother of my pastor, former Director of Vocations for the Diocese and all-around tremendous priest) will be the next speaker for the Theology on Tap series. His lecture will be at Fratello's Restaurant on Dow Street in Manchester with the title of "The Naked Truth: That they may be one". I may be wrong, but it certainly sounds like a talk on the Theology of the Body which can only be a good thing in this day and age. And while you're there, you can have some of the best Italian food in the city which is also, only a good thing! (I usually go for their Northender and have never walked out with a significant doggy bag, another good thing.)

Finally, the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture will begin its fall lecture series on "Foundations of Ancient Catholic Thought" on October 6th at Joseph House in Manchester. As far as I can tell, and Google says so too, this group does not as yet have a web site for linking, but I certainly will not complain one iota about a lecture series about the Church Fathers. The series will be presented by Cheryl Geary, one of the five founders of the Institute. I must find out more about this organization.

Good things are starting to happen in this Diocese. If it please God may this be only the beginning.