12/29/13 – St. Aloyisius – New Canaan, CT



I went to St. Aloyisius alone today….Ironically, it was the Celebration of the Holy Family….husbands love your wives, wives, be submissive to your husbands, kids, obey your children….that one.

 The Deacon did an amazing homily comparing Mary and Joseph to the modern day family….love, forgiveness, compassion, protection, gentleness   – are all still needed in today’s families….he talked about Mary having to come to terms with the journey she’d have to take from the manger (one wooden thing) to the cross (another wooden thing)…..and the journey o f love and forgiveness we are all on with our children.

 He linked it to the Day of Holy Innocents and the parents of Newtown – where their parental responsibilities would be models of hope and love to all of us. Beautifully said….far better than I can convey.

 The 2nd reading Collossians  (sp?) – chapter 3 ended with verse 21. “Fathers  – do not nag your children, lest they lose heart.”  Funny, only because Vinnie and I were having a great conversation about Kevin and his music career……and Melissa’s art career…..I told him I was tired of being the nag….maybe he could kick it up a bit to light a fire under them……..then here comes the message of LOVE, FORGIVENESS, PROTECTION, GENTLENESS……..all WITHOUT NAGGING!!!  Damn……..maybe that is why my nagging hasn’t worked!!

 I saw Rose Osterndorff at Mass…..told her of my New Year’s Resolution.

I am glad I am starting this resolution off in the Christmas season – the churches were both decorated beautifully.

 Went to NECC at 10”30…..sermon was all about Genesis…..and having a trusting relationship with God….ultimately the message was………IF YOU REALLY TRUSTED YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, YOU WOULDN’T HAVE TO TRY TO CONTROL EVERYTHING IN YOUR LIFE………good message for me to hear since I could have a tendency to be a bit of a control freak!!

2014 Church Tour Begins!! 12/28/13……Saint Rose of Lima…Newtown!



Liz Reid and I kicked off the start of the “CHURCH TOUR” today at Saint Rose of Lima……….pretty little church……couple of surprises…….a couple of people kneeled to take communion, there was a prayer in LATIN in the middle of the mass, and then at the end was a prayer everyone knew by heart about  being on the lookout and ridding the world of Satan…………we were the ONLY 2 who did not know that little added ending!!

 Who knew we would land in Newtown?….on the Day of the Holy Innocents…..it is the day that commemorates King Herod’s command to kill all male children under the age of 2. To protect their child, Jesus, Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt…….I am sure the parents of Newtown would have fled anywhere to protect their children if only they knew how close danger was to their children.

 Two weeks ago at Northeast Community Church – the sermon was focused on King Herod’s perspective….his personal world was flipped upside down when the “new baby king” was born…..the service was all about new expectations in our own personal world and in our families. I needed to hear that since new changes were in store for me to get through the holidays….family dynamics, Steph married, Vinnie’s Dad gone…..nothing compared to Herod’s world, but certainly different….the families of Newtown are onto their 2nd year of “upside down expectations”………the simplicity of the church was kind of reassuring.

 Last week at NECC  – the sermon was about the Birth of Christ from Joseph’s point of view…a young man with a pregnant teenaged wife…giving birth to the Messiah…..his responsibilities in a new dynamic with new expectations……yesterday I thought about what the father’s felt in Newtown….I look at things often from the mother’s point of view…..but the dad’s must have felt like they had failed their families is some sad way….

St Rose of Lima had 2 angels in every window with a piece of evergreen above them…very simple, very pretty.

Ironically, 2 years ago I kicked off my CT WINERY TOUR in Newtown as well!!