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Living with a dog

Children, by their very nature, are open to so much they find all around them, whether it is in the sky, in the air or under the sea. Whether in forests or cities, a young person can sense, feel and know so much. There is that magical capacity of a child that seems to absorb and learn—even though there is no obvious lesson around. Further, children know if people like them before there is any clear evidence one way or the other. All of this and so much more we experience around our children. Many of us lose some of these gifts as we grow older. I think we shift our experiences from the heart and senses to the head!

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The world of Catholic apps

A perusal of the app store on your phone  or tablet may give you an impression that there are apps for almost anything. Over the last few years, Catholic media outlets have joined the fray with some capable apps. Here’s a quick review of three free apps available for multiple devices!

THE POPE APP: Powered by News.va, the Official Vatican News Network

Content and Interface: Clean and organized, the Home section of this App includes articles and posts from sources like Vatican Radio, Osservatore Romano, and Fides. If you don’t have Twitter, you can get immediate access to @Pontifex, the Pope’s official Twitter feed. Tap into live content, Vatican web cams, photos, and video!

What I liked: Having never been to the Vatican, it was great to see live web cams of St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Dome of St. Peter’s, and even Castel Gandolfo.

CATHOLIC RADIO BOSTON: Powered by Station of the Cross

Content and Interface: If you can get used to the forest-green color of the display, Catholic Radio Boston’s app offers easy streaming of programming, schedules, and scores of podcasts.

What I liked: As an iPhone user, I was surprised to see an Air Play icon in the upper right of the screen to switch over streaming content to Apple TV.

CATHOLIC TV: Powered by CatholicTV.com

Content and Interface: The HD quality of the app’s live feed gave me the sensation of interrupting Father Reed’s afternoon Mass. The detail was terrific, right down to the ornamental design of the studio chapel’s censer. If you don’t want to watch CatholicTV’s live feed, you can plug some earbuds into your phone, tap the “listen” button, and enjoy the content. The app has one-touch access to all recent shows and schedules.

What I liked: Many media apps can be content-heavy, giving you the feeling of too many bells and whistles, but CatholicTV’s app has been in the market for some time and seems well organized. The audio option to hear programs may be useful if a user has video streaming issues.

Jeffrey Proctor

jproctor@stmarystcatherine.org

Save the date for the next Young Adult Gathering!

Save the date – September 27

There will be a Young Adult Gathering after the 6:00 p.m. Mass on Sept. 27 in the Parish Center.

Email Alexander Garoutte with any questions at agaroutte@stmarystcatherine.org.

A greeting from our new Pastoral Assistant for Faith Formation

Alexander Garoutte

Dear Parishioners of St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena,

It is with great joy and gratitude that I join you all here at St. Mary–St. Catherine Siena Parish as the Pastoral Assistant for Faith Formation. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself in greater detail, but I hope to have the opportunity to meet each of you personally in the coming months.

I grew up in San Diego, CA, as part of a family of five. Though I went to public school, the parish we called home was very vibrant and led me to love the life of the Church. I joined the Children’s Choir and Altar Servers in middle school; after my own Confirmation, I became a Eucharistic Minister, taught a sixth-grade religious education class, and helped lead retreats for high school students.

I attended Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles where I studied Theology and Physics. I was heavily involved in Campus Ministry there leading small faith-sharing groups, serving at Mass, and leading immersion trips to Mexico and the Navajo Nation. While there, I volunteered at an after-school center in Watts helping kids with homework, playing games with them, and generally offering the mentoring that few students received at home.

After graduation from LMU, I worked with Cabrini Mission Corps to do a year of service at Cabrini College?a small Catholic college outside Philadelphia. There, I served as a Campus Minister, classroom assistant, and advisor to various student clubs such as Catholic Relief Services Ambassadors and the Interfaith Club. When I finished my year there, I moved to Boston in August 2013 and am currently a student at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in the midst of a three-year program working towards a Master of Divinity degree.

In my ministry at St. Mary–St. Catherine of Siena, my hope is to help create space for Encounter. As a faith-filled community, Christ is at our center?everything we do here is about developing a relationship with him. It is only through personal experience with the love of God, whether in the Eucharist, in a close friend, or silent prayer, that we can hope to genuinely follow Christ. In these moments of encounter, we are reminded that God has created us as beloved?we are unconditionally loved for our entire being.

As we develop a holistic family faith formation program, our prayer is that we bring every part of our community deeper into relationship with God through these opportunities for encounter. Starting from that intimate relationship with Christ, we see better where God is working in our lives and can ask, “Where are we being led?” “Who does God want us to be?” “How does God call us to care for creation and for others?” When we are able to ask these questions in community, alongside people that we trust and that we love, the experience deepens further still. We learn to rely on each for strength, for support, and for encouragement. When we are low, it is our community of faith that has the ability to raise us up.

And so, it is with deep gratitude that I join you all in this community of faith. Together, we seek encounter with the risen Christ. I pray that we can grow together in the coming years and that I will have the opportunity to develop a relationship with each member of our parish. Please always feel free to reach out with an idea, concern, or even just to chat over a cup of coffee.

In the peace and love of Christ,

Alexander Garoutte

Pastoral Assistant–Faith Formation

agaroutte@stmarystcatherine.org

34th Annual Lawn Party to benefit seminarians

Pope St. John XXIII Nat’l Seminary in Weston will host its 34th Annual Lawn Party on Wed., Sept. 16, at 6PM, on the grounds of the seminary. This premiere fundraising event is hosted by His Eminence, Seán Cardinal O’Malley. The evening will include a reception and dinner with music. Located on Rt. 30 in Weston, the seminary prepares second career candidates, men over the age of 30, for priesthood. The proceeds from the Lawn Party help to keep tuition costs affordable. For ticket info, please call 781-899-5500, or visit psjs.edu. You can make a difference and encourage the vocations of these men through your support of the Lawn Party.

Admissions Fair—September 13

Boston College High School will host a Middle School and High School Admissions Fair on September 13 from 12-2 p.m. on the BC High campus, located at 150 Morrissey Blvd. in Dorchester. Families will have the opportunity to meet middle and high school representatives from institutions throughout Massachusetts. More than 30 middle and high schools will be in attendance, including Catholic, independent, public, single-gender, co-ed, boarding, day, large and small schools. Visit bchigh.edu/schoolfair to register.

Divine Mercy Chaplet and Holy Hour

Friday, September 4 @ 3:30 p.m. in the Parish Center

Join us on Sept. 4 and every   Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in the Parish Center for the Divine Mercy Chaplet, a devotion that arose from Jesus’ revelation to  St. Faustina. This is followed by Holy Hour at 4:00 p.m. before the Eucharistic Presence of Jesus. All are welcome!

Rosary and Prayer for Peace

We invite parishioners and guests to gather to pray for peace on the first Saturday of every month (September 5 at the Parish Center, 46 Winthrop Street) at 9:00 a.m. During our time together we will have a Rosary Service. (Familiarity with praying the Rosary is not necessary.)

The Holy Rosary is a contemplative and Christ-centered prayer that highlights various moments in His life. These moments are clustered into four “Mysteries” focused on various periods in the life of Jesus: the Joyful Mysteries (the early life of Jesus); The Sorrowful Mysteries (the arrest, passion, and death of Jesus); the Glorious Mysteries (the resurrection, ascension, descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, The Assumption of Mary into Heaven and the Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth); and the Luminous Mysteries (the Baptism of Jesus, His first miracle at the Wedding Feast of Cana, His preaching, the Transfiguration and the Institution of the Eucharist).

When our Lady appeared to the three children in Fatima, Portugal, she enjoined the world to pray the Rosary each day for peace. We hope you will join us!

For more information, please call Sr. Nancy at (617) 242-4664 or please email ncitro@stmarystcatherine.org.

Catholic Scout Training

Catholic Scout Training for Scouters, Adults, and Parents

You are invited to participate in one of two training days: Saturday, Sept. 26 at Our Lady of Fatima, Sudbury or Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Pastoral Center, Braintree.

Training will enable you to facilitate Girl Scout and Boy Scout Catholic Medals and Emblems for Scouts. Girl Scout Medals are: Family of God (Grades 2-3), I Live My Faith (Grades 4-6), Mary, the First Disciple (Grades 7-10), The Spirit Alive (Grades 9-12). Boy Scout Emblems are: Light of Christ (Tiger or Wolf Cub Scout), Parvuli Dei (8-10 yr. olds), Ad Altare Dei (13-14 yr. olds), Pope Pius XII (16-18 yr. olds).

For more info and to register, go to bostoncatholicscouting.org.

Celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life

Celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life by praying with Religious Communities

September 13: Holy Hour and Prayer with the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception; 790 Centre St., Newton 02458, 4:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Sister Marie Puleo, MFIC at 617-527-1004.

September 13: Xaverian Missionaries, 101 Summer St., Holliston 01746. Mass at 11:00 a.m. followed by lunch and Reflection on Laudato Si For more information, please contact Father Rocco Puopolo, SX at 508-429-2144.

September 28: Glastonbury Abbey, 16 Hull St., Hingham 02043. Monthly Holy Hour for vocations with Office of Compline @7:45 p.m. For more info, please contact Brother Daniel Walters, OSB at 781-749-2155.