St. Mary St. Catherine of Siena
Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday 4:00PM, Sunday 8:00AM,
Sunday 10:30AM (Live stream link) and 6:00 PM
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – June 25/26, 2022
Today’s Gospel reveals to us the beginning of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. We will journey
with Jesus for many Sundays to come, and along the way he will teach us about the demands of
discipleship. His instructions may seem harsh and unreasonable to our ears. His response to
legitimate requests to postpone the journey reminds us that there are always justifiable excuses
to defer the journey or put off the responsibilities of discipleship. Other important matters compete for our aĴention. Some of us must make heart-wrenching choices, but there is urgency
about Jesus’ mission to bring forth God’s kingdom. His demand is that we proclaim the Kingdom of God now. Is this our first priority, or do we have other priorities
Harvest on Vine Cookout this Tuesday, June 29th
CELEBRATING FR. RONAN
This past Pentecost Sunday, June 5, at the 10:30 Mass, Fr. Ronan celebrated his final Mass as Pastor. What an incredibly magnificent celebration and tribute to the one who, with God’s grace, has served our Parish so well for the past 18 years and has ministered faithfully to the people of God as an ordained priest for 40 years! The cheerful, beautifully sunny, warm day mirrored the experience of the over 500 persons in attendance – parishioners, former parishioners, and family and friends of Fr. Ronan.
The outstanding music and singing framed all that took place – from the inspirational scripture readings; to Fr. Ronan’s rousing homily; to the hallowed reception of the Eucharist, the source and summit of our lives; to the glowing tributes to Fr. Ronan given by parishioners, Jim Coviello and Sally Walker; Joe Reardon, Board member of Rostro de Cristo (rostrodecristo.org); and Jennifer Poulos, Chair of the Good Shepherd School (gsscharlestown.org). As you may know, both the organization Rostro de Cristo (Face of Christ) and the Good Shepherd School were founded by Fr. Ronan.
On behalf of the Parish Staff and the parishioners of St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena, I want to extend our sincerest appreciation and gratitude for your leadership and presence in our Parish this past month. You brought great joy to all of the parishioners who knew you from when you were at St. Catherine’s.
They shared their stories about the many ways in which you touched parishioners lives when you were here before, and how you had a great knack for engaging the youth of Charlestown and establishing wonderful programs for them. You continue to be greatly loved!
And though your time in our Parish was all too short, those of us who recently met you marvel at your energetic presence, your wonderful homilies, and your desire to get to know as many of us as possible. So please know that you will be remembered fondly and missed not only by those who know you from the 1990’s but also by those of us in 2022. St. Cecilia’s is blessed to have you as were we.
As you leave, we wish you every blessing and look forward to your visiting us when the opportunity arises for you. And, as you say, we hope that you will “enjoy life!”
MESSAGE FROM FR. RONAN