St. Mary Church, Coventry and St. Joseph Church, Eagleville

A FAREWELL MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR

My Dear Parish Family, 

You all know how hard it is to say farewell.  I will ask Jesus, Our Blessed Mother Mary and the Blessed Joseph to help me express what is deep in my heart for each one of you.  I know that some of you did not agree with all I was doing for our parish, that is understandable.  Remember that many of those in Jesus' time disagreed with Him too, for various reasons and finally hanged Him on a tree.  I am not better than my Master!   As a matter of fact He told His disciples that they will be treated the same as they treated Him.  Thank you Lord for finding me worthy to be your disciple.  Continuing in my imitation of Jesus I will pray for you, and for your forgiveness and prayers.  Friends, together and with the help of the Holy Spirit and His spouse the Blessed Virgin Mary we achieved many successes in spiritual areas such as, Bible Study, reverence to the sacred in the sanctuary, Altar and Tabernacle and in many other  areas.

I have spent my entire 11 years of priesthood at St. Mary in Coventry.  I have been graced to share the sacraments with your children in a rich way; preaching with conviction of their dignity as children of God and trying to explain the mystery of life and how it is to be lived lovingly without any regret.  I have visited the sick in their homes and in the hospital to offer God's body, to comfort and bless them.  I have helped many of you give back to God your loved ones when they passed away.  I have been encouraged when so many with faith and confidence have promised to love and honor their spouses all the days of their lives.  In baptism, I have welcomed your children into our Christian community.  You continue to affirm my calling to be priest, in Persona Christi! 

Like the married couples who vow "in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health", I am called to be a priest in "good times and in bad"  the priesthood is the only way for me to be united to God, to be faithful to what He calls me to be and to do.  Finally I am following Mary's order to me "do whatever He tells you".  Please pray for me as I will do for you.  

May the Blessing of almighty God the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit come down upon you and remain with you now and forever, Amen. 

Sincerely Yours in Christ, 

       Fr. Victor Chaker

 

Parish Council Announcement

Parish Council Announcement

On July 15, 2014 there was a meeting of the Parish Councils of both St. Mary Church and St. Thomas Aquinas Church to discuss the combined Mass schedule. It was a wonderful meeting with the two councils getting to know each other and sharing our combined efforts to consider the needs of both parishes.

The result of the meeting was that the daily Mass will be at 12:20 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas, the reason for this is that the UConn students faithfully attend the daily Mass and many of them do not have transportation. The Vigil Masses will continue to be held at 5 p.m. at BOTH CHURCHES. The 8:15 a.m. Mass will continue to be held at St. Thomas Aquinas and the 10:30 a.m. Mass will continue to  be held at St. Mary.  Since the largest attendance for Mass is for the 10:15 and 10:30 it was noted that St. Mary has the most space to accommodate the amount of combined parishioners. The 7 p.m. Student Mass will continue to be held at St. Thomas for obvious reason.

St. Joseph Chapel in Eagleville will be re-purposed for First Friday Services and possibly Weddings. 

We appreciate  the cooperative spirit of our combined Parish Families and look forward to getting to know, and worship with, our neighbors.

Thank you,  

Parish Councils of St. Mary and St. Thomas Aquinas

Daily Mass 12:20 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas

Vigil Mass 5:00 p.m. St. Mary and 5:00 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas

8:15 a.m. Mass St. Thomas Aquinas

10:30 a.m. Mass St. Mary

7:00 p.m. Mass St. Thomas Aquinas (during Student Session only)

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