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The K-5 CCD classes asked Father Dandeneau if they could interview him about Holy Orders on Priesthood Sunday. The students thanked Father Dandeneau for his service and presented him with handmade cards, cookies, and punch. The questions that the students asked and the answers Father Dandeneau gave have been reproduced below:
- Why did you become a priest?
I became a priest because I grew up believing in God, and I believe that God asked me to become a priest.
- When and how did you receive your call to become a priest?
My call to the priesthood was something that happened over time. I started to receive it when I was between five and seven years old. By the time I was fourteen or fifteen, my calling became clearer and I was able to understand it better. I fully understood that I was being called when I was sixteen or seventeen, but I pushed it aside and went to college. When I was in college, the call became even stronger. At first, I stayed away from God because I was afraid of giving my whole life to Him, but as my faith grew stronger, I finally accepted His call to the priesthood.
- What do you like about this lifestyle?
First, I like that I have been given a gift of closer friendship with Jesus and God the Father than I would have had if I had done something else. Since the purpose of the priesthood is helping people to know and love God, I need to remain closer to Him so that I can do what He needs me to do for other people. Second, because I have a different lifestyle and fewer commitments than an unmarried man, I have the freedom to love others in a different and more profound way. Since I'm not devoted to one particular person or family, I am able to offer love to everyone that I meet. When a priest gives up the chance to get married and have a family, he does so in order to enable him to love others in a unique way which is symbolic of the way that we will all live in heaven.
4) What advice would you give to a young person who is considering religious life?
Religious life is a wonderful calling from God. Don't be afraid if you are called to it, because it's from God and it's meant to help you love others more. Make sure that you stay as close to Jesus as possible by practicing the sacraments, praying often, and being the best person you can be. The better a person you are, the more prepared you will be for your calling when you grow up.
5) What is a typical day like for you?
My typical day involves taking care of the church and its needs. I say morning Mass at 7:30. After the end of Mass, I offer Eucharistic Adoration and leave the church open for prayer until 9:00. A group of people from the church regularly prays the Rosary at this time. I usually go to the office to do paperwork and deal with the church's bills either right after setting up for Eucharistic Adoration or after the end of the time for prayer, since the church needs to pay for electricity and repairs. I also prepare learning opportunities for adults, plan events for the youth group, and help coordinate five or six major fundraisers per year. The fundraisers are opportunites for the parish to get together, and I need to prepare for them with members of the parish. I spend time studying so that I can teach other people what Jesus taught. I also help groups like the St. Vincent de Paul society with charitable activities. Parish priests have several very serious responsibilities. Apart from all of the event coordination that I'm involved with, I help the parishioners of St. Eugene with their spiritual needs, including hearing confessions, providing spiritual guidance on request, working with people who are suffering, helping those who are poor and less fortunate, caring for those who are mourning the loss of a loved one, and responding to emergency requests for anointing of the sick. I also help prepare people to receive the sacraments by offering marriage prep and occasionally helping people with baptismal prep.
6) What are your hobbies and interests?
I have far too many hobbies! I like hiking, going to the movies, spending time with and visiting my friends, going to prayer meetings, learning about spirituality and mysticism, doing things with the youth group, and playing with my pet cat, Marty. I have a large family, so I have a lot of family functions. I spent a lot of time with my mother before she passed away.
7) Do you wish you could be married and have children?
Human beings have a natural desire for marriage and children, but when God asks you to do something, He gives you the power both to do it and be happy doing it. Besides, in a way, priests are actually married. We stand in Jesus' place, and Jesus is married to the Church. Likewise, nuns are married to Jesus. These marriages are spiritual rather than natural. Every parishioner is my spiritual child, which is why they call me Father.
8) What is one thing you dream of doing someday?
I dream of one day going to heaven.
9) Why can't girls be priests?
The Church doesn't feel that it has the right to do something that Jesus didn't, and there's no sign of any woman serving as a priest in the Bible. The Apostles were given priestly authority to preach and celebrate sacraments, and none of the Twelve were women. There was no evidence that any other woman was doing that, either.
10) What's the next church color?
The next major color will be violet, but there is one day before that when the priest can choose between three different colors. On November 2, All Souls Day, the color can be either white, violet, or black. Black is no longer in style, but I like it, so I'm going to try to wear black this year. Another interesting thing to note about church colors is that gold and white are treated as the same color, but gold is usually used for special occasions.
11) How can I tell when I'm receiving the guidance of the Holy Spirit?
Remember that God loves you. He doesn't want you to feel bad or to do things that are bad for you or for others. When you're close to God, you'll know that God is guiding you because you'll experience the Fruits of the Holy Spirit -- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If you practice kindness, for instance, the Holy Spirit will give you the power to become even kinder. This is a sign that the Holy Spirit is with you. However, these qualities or characteriztics are not just feelings, but rather qualities or characteristics that describe your life as a whole.
12) Can you tell me more about Holy Orders?
Jesus created Holy Orders for several reasons. First, the Church needed a structure of authority so there would be people to make final decisions about how the Church functioned. Second, Jesus was going back to heaven and wanted to make sure that people would still preach the Gospel and spread the faith. Holy Orders is also necessary to provide people with access to the sacraments. The sacraments are powerful and important, and must be protected and treated with care. Because of this, only members of the Church hierarchy can preside over the sacraments. As boys will one day be men, they may be being called by God to the priesthood. Be open to it, because it's very important. Without priests, we wouldn't have the Eucharist, confession, or anointing of the sick. Even though nuns are not given a special sacrament the way priests are, we need them too, because they remind everyone what life in heaven will be like. While it's difficult to give up the natural desire for marriage and children, being a priest or a nun is a gift from God. Don't be afraid if you receive the call, even if it seems strange – everyone is weird, so being "normal" would actually make you the strange one! Besides, it's more strange to say no to a gift from God than to accept that gift. Receiving a call is not that uncommon – one in four people are called to either the priesthood or to religious life. Since you need to be an adult to follow this call, many people who become priests or religious go to college first. There are a number of different types of religious life, as well. Some religious pray all day, while others teach, act as nurses, do school administration work, become missionaries, or have various other jobs and assignments.
THANK YOU to all the members of our Saint Vincent de Paul Conference and parishioners of St. Eugene Church who helped in anyway with the success of our soup night. Our “Free Will” donations of $1,429.00 will help greatly heating and feeding the people in our community who are in need of assistance. (A special thank you to the Glocester Lions Club for their very generous donation!) Thank you! St. Eugene Conference SVDP
We are looking for items for our penny social table. Donations of gift certificates, new or VERY GENTLY used items may be brought to the rectory no later than Oct. 25th. Thank you for supporting this important (and fun) event.
Last week 6 youth & 7 adults braved the “Outback” of Pulaski Park. Aidan Babbitt, Hunter Cassidy, Ian Parker, Christian King, Joseph McKitchen and Isabella McMahon along with Fr. Dandeneau, Barbara Laberge, Sarah Kiff, Nicole Previte, Mr. Joseph McKitchen, Raymond McMahon and the church secretary all took part in our first trail hike. The weather was perfect and a great time was had by all. A delicious “feast” of marinated chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, chips, smore’s (and you can’t forget the hot dogs!) were enjoyed at the Pavilion by the hungry hikers in front of an inviting campfire. A special THANK YOU to Mr. Joseph McKitchen for his talented cooking skills at the grill, to Barbara, Nicole and the McKitchen family for their generous donations toward the meal, and to Maryann McKitchen & Sarah Kiff for their help in transporting the hikers from trails end to the campsite. And last but not least, a very special THANK YOU to Fr. Dandeneau for leading us on this adventure!
Our Blessed Mother needs your help. Please consider joining our Legion of Mary meetings. Thus far we have had eight Legion of Mary meetings. Our meetings are held on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm in the church hall classroom. Please come to see if the Lord is calling you to support our parish will your talents, prayers, and presence through this ministry. If you have any questions, please contact Alice at 401-722-6388.
Pastor TJ Varghese is transferred to St Luke parish. We wish him well in all that the future brings. He is loved and will be missed!
Thank you so very much for the great send off last weekend. I am grateful for your support during my pastorate and for your tremendous witness of faith, hope and love over the years.
I thank you for the many kind words, best wishes, thoughtful cards and generous gifts. I wish to thank all those who helped with the reception, especially Helen Suess, Marie Robidoux, Deanna DiSalvo and Odete McMahon, so I could say “Farewell” after the 10:15AM Mass. It was a wonderful time and I am so happy I was able to say goodbye to so many great people. I was so very pleased to celebrate my final Mass at St. Eugene’s with such a great group of Altar Servers and the music by our choir was superb as usual.
For anyone who has helped and supported the parish in any way and for all those who have been so very kind and supportive to me personally, I say thank you. I truly give thanks to God for all of you and also thanks for sending me to this incredible place we call St. Eugene. My first pastorate has been a great blessing in my life and I wish God’s continued blessings upon all of you and this parish. God Speed! Farewell my friends!
…each of us really should commit to treating the sacred space of our church with as much reverence as possible.
- * Youth Group — “Come and see dining and hospitality in the time of Jesus”
6pm –Mon. Jan. 20th RSVP by Friday, Jan 17th
- * St. Vincent dePaul – Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month Sept thru June at 6pm in the church hall. Next meeting– Wed. January 8, 2020
- * Parish Feast Meeting Monday Feb 27th @ 6:30pm in the church hall.
Regular Weekly and Monthly Meetings
- * Bible Study Group— “Spirituality of the Gospels” meets at 10 AM in the church hall
- – CCD – All classes will now be held on Sundays Gr K-5 — 8:45am – 9:50am Gr 6-10 — 11:15am – 12:30pm
- – Every Wednesday- 6:30-7:30pm Confessions in the church with exposition of the Eucharist.
- – Legion of Mary – meetings are held on Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM. We hope to see you there.
- – Youth Group meets every Saturday evening at 7:00 PM in the church hall.
- – Knights of Columbus meet on the Second and fourth Thursdays of every month at 7:30 PM
- – 4th Degree Knights of Columbus– Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month @7:30pm in the church hall
- – New Freedom (formerly AA) meets every Wednesday 8 PM in the church hall
- – St. Vincent dePaul Society meets 2nd Wednesday of the month: Sept – June at 6pm in the church hall.
- – Eucharistic Adoration Every Friday from 8am to Noon (Right after 7:30am morning mass)
“Come and see dining and hospitality in the time of Jesus”
6pm –Mon. Jan. 20th
RSVP by Friday, Jan 17th
Youth Group Meets Saturday Evenings at 7pm. Students in Grades 8-12 are welcome to join. Come and enjoy some time with friends. (Students who have already made their Confirmation are invited back to join us!)
FIRST COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION are two year programs. Please send in copies of Baptismal Certificates if student was not baptized at St. Eugene. Confirmation candidates should have a sponsor chosen prior to the start of classes.
Registration forms for Religious Education have been prepared and mailed. If you are new to the parish or have children who are now of an age to attend classes, please call rectory 568-5102 so that your family can be sent a registration form.
Registration Forms are available for download by clicking the Rel Ed menu option above then clicking Forms
- * Youth Group — “Come and see dining and hospitality in the time of Jesus”