In the small St. Joseph’s Chapel of our Retirement House, in Watham, MA, at 4:15 pm on this November 4th [“mid-term” election day in the USA], Fr. Gregory Hoppough, Provincial, was the main celebrant of a con-celebrated Mass for the community and the Lay Stigmatines, our assistants here on the property and friends.
Fr. Richard Scioli, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Milford, MA – gave an excellent Homily on the Stigmatine charism – for the Church at large and for each Stigmatine. With the Scriptures, he compared this vocation to the small mustard seed – or the little bit of leaven which raises the batter.
This small ‘Gift” has proven to be a rich source of service to the Church – and right now it is beckoning to each and every Stigmatine to let this charism grow continually in our hearts.
Members came from as far away as Pittsfield MA – Springfield MA – and the Stigmatines from this community and two young priests from Thailand, Fr. Peter and Fr. Dominic.
Following the celebration of the Eucharist, all were served a delicious supper meal lovingly prepared by the staff of the house, and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
This was a fitting celebration of the Stigmatine’s 198th anniversary as a Community, remembering in our hearts, with much Thanksgiving for Nov. 4, 1816!
Rev. Joseph Henchey, CSS