From our Pastor

150 150 Charlestown Catholic Collaborative

I was sure by now, God, You would have reached down
and wiped our tears away, stepped in and saved the day…
But once again, I say amen, and it’s still raining.
As the thunder rolls, I barely hear Your whisper through the rain, “I’m
with you.”

And as Your mercy falls, I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
and takes away.
And I’ll praise You in this storm, and I will lift my hands…
‘Cause You are who You are, no matter where I am…
and every tear I’ve cried, You hold in Your hand.
You never left my side… And though my heart is torn, I will praise You
in this storm.

From Praise You in the Storm, written by Bernie Herms and Mark Hall

There are times in life, when somehow, we made it through something doubt, injury, fear, sickness, whatever it may be- something we alone may know- but somehow, we found our way, or more likely, God found our way through. All He asks us to do is to trust Him. It’s so hard to do that especially when we live in a world who keeps saying we can do anything we can’t, and that’s not a bad thing. Jesus called Peter out, but his fear won out over his faith. He understands our doubts- let us cast away our
fears a little and trust in His love for us when we’re out on the waters.

Many thanks to Fr. Louis Kemayou from the US Virgin Islands, who preached and presided at our Masses this weekend on behalf of the Propagation of the Faith.

We had two weddings last Saturday! Congratulations to Julie & Gregory who were married by Fr. Ronan at St. Mary’s, and Mary Kate & Edward, married by me at St. Francis Church!

Tuesday, Aug. 15, is the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
It is a Holy Day of Obligation.

Masses will be offered at 9 am at St. Francis de Sales and 6 pm at St. Mary’s Church

It is our honor to host the Young Catholic Professionals group of the Archdiocese as they gather at St. Catherine’s Chapel on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 7 pm.

Join us at Bishop Lawton Hall on Monday, Sept. 18 at 7 pm for an update on St. Francis de Sales – we’ll look at finances, activities, ideas and plans through Christmas!

Fr. John Sheridan


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Read Read Fr. John’s article published in The Pilot this week.