Be Who God Meant You To Be And you Will Set The World On Fire

Santa is coming to the Ziti & Meatball Dinner

Not sure how Dave Cross pulled it off, but we have it on good authority that Santa will be taking some time off before Christmas and making the trip down from the North Pole to enjoy a plate or two of pasta. Stop by and grab a picture with the "big man" - bring your list too!

Enrich Your Thanksgiving Dinner With Sacred Scripture

No matter what you serve at your Thanksgiving dinner consider setting aside a few moments to share a reading from Sacred Scripture at the table and reflect on it as a family - perhaps both before the meal is served and after the main course has been served and everyone is enjoying coffee. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Psalm 31: 20-21
How great is your goodness, Lord, stored up for those who fear you. You display it for those who trust you, in the sight of the children of Adam. You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from scheming enemies. You conceal them in your tent, away from the strife of tongues.

Psalm 95
Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD; cry out to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with a song of praise, joyfully sing out our psalms. For the LORD is the great God, the great king over all gods, Whose hand holds the depths of the earth; who owns the tops of the mountains. The sea and dry land belong to God, who made them, formed them by hand. Enter, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the LORD who made us. For he is our God, we are the people he shepherds, the sheep in his hands. Oh, that today you would hear his voice: Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah, as on the day of Massah in the desert. There your ancestors tested me; they tried me though they had seen my works. Forty years I loathed that generation; I said: “This people’s heart goes astray; they do not know my ways.” Therefore I swore in my anger: “They shall never enter my rest.”

Psalm 100
Shout joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; serve the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful song. Know that the LORD is God, he made us, we belong to him, we are his people, the flock he shepherds. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name; good indeed is the LORD, His mercy endures forever, his faithfulness lasts through every generation.

Psalm 107: 1,19-20
Give thanks to the LORD for he is good, his mercy endures forever! Let them thank the LORD for his mercy, such wondrous deeds for the children of Adam. For he satisfied the thirsty, filled the hungry with good things.

1 Chronicles 16:28-30,34
Give to the LORD, you families of nations, give to the LORD glory and might; Give to the LORD the glory due his name! Bring gifts, and come before him; bow down to the LORD, splendid in holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth; the world will surely stand fast, never to be moved. Give thanks to the LORD, who is good, whose love endures forever.

1 Chronicles 29:11-13

Yours, LORD, are greatness and might, majesty, victory, and splendor. For all in heaven and on earth is yours; yours, LORD, is kingship; you are exalted as head over all. Riches and glory are from you, and you have dominion over all. In your hand are power and might; it is yours to give greatness and strength to all. Therefore, our God, we give you thanks and we praise the majesty of your name.

Happy Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, may your home be filled with the Lord’s loving presence. As you reflect on the blessings He has bestowed upon you and your loved ones, please know that we wish you the fullness of His joy and the gift of His peace. Happy Thanksgiving Day from Fr Glover and the Parish of St Catherine of Siena!

Christmas Schedule

This weekend is the first Sunday of Advent, which means Christmas is just a month away. To help you plan your time well, and fit some spirituality into your already busy calendar, we are posting our schedule of prayer and fellowship opportunities for Advent and Christmas on our website. If you are curious as to when you can buy your Christmas Tree or Wreath on Parker St, looking to enjoy a good meal or two, or just want to know when you can go to Mass on Christmas morning; you can download the listing of events here: Advent & Christmas Schedule

Warm Wish Bags

As the cold weather quickly approaches, the Youth Ministry Team needs your help. They are collecting new hats, gloves or mittens and and socks to make Warm Wish Bags for the less fortuante of our community. there will be a display in the Church lobby for you to drop off donations. Thank you in advance for your help.

Catholic Annulments Informational Meeting

Join Deacon Jack Antaya for an informational meeting on the topic of Catholic Annulment: the truth, misconceptions, and why everyone is confused about the process. If you are divorced or know someone who is divorced, please join us on December 6th at either 10:00 AM or 7:30 PM in the Father Griffin Room. Perhaps, you can experience the welcoming and healing presence of Jesus Christ as we adress concerns surrounding annulments.

Bishop's Statement on Religious Intolerance

November 17, 2016

My dear friends,

Saddened by the continuing news of division within our great nation, a division which has been revealed most recently through renewed acts of hatred, discrimination and religious intolerance, I write you this day as an act of solidarity with others in the faith community.

While we may think these problems only occur elsewhere, the local news from the past week reporting on anti‐Jewish graffiti at Mt. Tom, as well as a lesser reported but no less threatening incident at the West Springfield mosque in which a group of young people recently went to this sacred space, breaking bottles of alcohol outside the mosque, serve as sad reminders that this is a trouble much closer to home.

Such actions not only cause fear, anger and anxiety among those targeted, but are also a stain against the whole of our civilized society. As a people of faith, we have a moral obligation to speak out and reject such divisive actions and not remain silent. Parents have a special and unique obligation to speak with their children about the harm such actions can cause.

And so I join my voice with those of other local interfaith and ecumenical leaders, speaking out in solidarity against acts of hatred, discrimination and intolerance, those which occur locally and those that happen across our nation. I urge all in the Catholic community to join me in prayer and solidarity with our interfaith and ecumenical neighbors, standing together as a sign of hope in these turbulent times.

This weekend as the Catholic Church prepares to close out this Jubilee Year of Mercy, let us not forget that our commitment to acts of mercy is ongoing, and always extended to all our neighbors in need.

In the coming days as we gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, let our common prayer be for a true healing of the divisions that exist within our county, so that we can be truly a united nation.

Harvest Supper Apple Crisp Recipe

20 cups peeled and coarsely chopped apples (We used Mac’s)
2.5 cups of sugar
2.5 cups of flour
2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
16 oz. of toffee bits (we used heath bar)
2 cups of old fashioned oats
Baking spray for the pan
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. You will need a 12Wx20Lx2D inch aluminum pan
    1. You can find them at the dollar store at the Eastfield Mall next to Sears. The exact dimensions may be off but the depth is accurate.
  3. Mix the apples, 1 1/2 cups of the sugar, ½ cup of the flour, and pour it into the pan that has been sprayed generously with PAM.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the remaining 2 cups of flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and baking powder and whisk them together.
  5. Stir in the remaining cup of sugar, the toffee bits, and the rolled oats
  6. Melt the last stick of butter and pour it over the mixture and mix well.
  7. Pour the topping over the apples evenly. It will seem generous but the results are amazing.
  8. Bake 45 to 50 minutes in the middle of the oven until golden brown. (Remember that the toffee chips have chocolate in them and when they melt it looks like the top may be burning in spots)
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