Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Missionaries of Mercy featured on Vatican T.V.

The Missionaries of Mercy were recently featured on Voice of the Vatican T.V. as our Pastor - Fr. Bob Grattaroti, was interviewed during his recent trip to Rome.  At the time of his visit we had just reached 300 home visits, we have now visited 1,304 homes in our Parish.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Let us never be ashamed

"Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels." (Mark8:38)

During a conversation the other night a group of us considered the limits of individual willingness to publicly profess Christ (in word and deed) in any and every aspect of our lives. The discussion began to focus on one's general ability/freedom to speak openly of Christ when in a group of like-minded individuals (e.g. within the four walls of the Church), and, how people often tend to be more guarded with public declarations/actions of the Lord, when outside of that safety net. I began to share some of the experiences we as Missionaries of Mercy have had because of our willingness (despite our own personal trepidation at times) to "put out into deep water and lower our nets for a catch" (Luke 5:4). 

Monday, June 13, 2016

‘Missionaries’ visit Charlton neighbors

The following news article was written by and for the Catholic Free Press, by reporter/staff member Tanya Connor.

By Tanya Connor
CHARLTON – Lay volunteers from St. Joseph Parish are going door to door in town – to share God’s love.
As of Wednesday they had visited 1,092 homes, according to parishioner Thomas Creamer, who started this outreach, with support from his pastor, fellow parishioners and The Catholic Free Press.

“It was one of the responses to our Holy Father proclaiming the Year of Mercy, especially when he says, ‘Let everybody in, and you go out and welcome them,’” said the pastor, Father Robert A. Grattaroti.