I want to take this opportunity to say “Thank you” to all of you. I very much appreciate everything that you have done for me over the last 14 months since I arrived here in Chepachet. It is always a blessing and moving for a priest when he receives encouragement and support from the parish community where he serves. I was certainly surprised and moved by the kindness and thoughtfulness of those of you who went out of your way to host and attend a get together in order to do this. In particular, I would like to thank the members of our parish Youth Group who came up with the idea and everyone who supported it and helped to coordinate it. It truly means a lot to me! Moving forward, I hope that my service to you encourages all of you (both individually and as a community) and that together we can make St. Eugene’s an even richer and more vibrant and flourishing community of faith than we already are. Please continue to keep our parish community and me in your prayers so that as we work towards this goal, we do so according to God’s plan and on God’s terms.
Also, please note that this week we welcome back all of the children and youth who are enrolled in our Religious Education program for the school year 2019-2020. This should be a wonderful year as some updates have been made. A great amount of maintenance work has been completed in the CCD classrooms (they were cleaned, the supplies re-organized, and the walls, doors, and some of the chalkboards repainted) and we have purchased some new resource materials for those students who are in Grades 6-10. So we are off to a good start this year! But we can’t have a good year or be successful in our mission without your help! Please keep our children and youth in your prayers regularly throughout this year and support our parish Religious Education program here at St. Eugene’s whenever those opportunities present themselves! Everything good that each of us does contributes and it does matter!
In Him, Fr. D