December 16, 2018


I am writing these words on the weekend of December 1/2, as the bulletin company requires that we have information in early because of Christmas and New Year holidays. The first thing I want to do is thank all of those parishioners, neighbors, friends, and businesses that take out advertisements in our weekly Church bulletins. How blessed are we that so many are interested in supporting our efforts to communicate what is happening in our Collaborative and neighborhood with our parishioners. We strongly encourage all of those who celebrate with us at Most Precious Blood, St. Pius X, and St. Anne parishes to take a bulletin home and even share our happenings with your family and friends. The bulletin also is available on our Collaborative website. Please do all you can to be aware of those who take out an ad on the back pages of the bulletin. Their generosity allows us to have the bulletin published without cost to the Collaborative. As you peruse the ads, keep your own household needs in mind and take advantage of the expertise of those working in these companies and businesses. Obviously, they choose to support our Churches and also hope to get exposure and some good customers. They include parishioners, vendors with whom we do business, friends, and local neighborhood practices, and Catholic schools. I highly recommend them. The next ad from our bulletin on my list to try is Catholic I’ll let you know how I make out! (lol)

As I write this, I’m anticipating my Seminary class reunion, which is for all the men who were ordained with me in 1973. Think about it: most of us entered the seminary together in 1965 (a few joined us along the way). This means we’ve known each other for 53 years. We were just out of high school and had no idea what awaited us emotionally or spiritually. I have mentioned before that we lost a lot of good men along the way. Some left of their own choosing, while others may have been encouraged to seek another vocation. Some (like me) never miss the reunion, while others have never come to any. We are all different. Theologically, we range from the far left to the far right (politically as well). Some of us have made many changes in our assignments over the years (meaning we’ve served in many parishes), while others who are not so comfortable with change have been in many fewer parishes for longer periods of time. Some of my classmates I see on a regular basis and moreoften because of friendships or proximity; others I see only once a year at this reunion. Some I see at regional or Archdiocesan meetings; others choose not to attend. The Reunion is December 4 at St. Brigid in Lexington.  As usual, I’ll be the first to arrive. We have pretty honest discussions, and I usually have a lot to think about on the way home.

I can’t wait to ask if any have tried Catholic Match .com!

Enjoy Life!
Fr. Coyne


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