Testimonies of Faith

Over my 45 years of vowed life as a La Salette Missionary, I have had the privilege of meeting many people who have been examples to me of great faith. I met them in parishes in which I served, and even in offices where I was asked to serve.

Untitled-1La Salette Shrine Church in Ipswich, MA:
exterior and interior, now closed
One particular group of people that I have served is the Worshipping Community who first came to our La Salette Shrine in Ipswich, MA. First as a seminarian and then as a member of our Retreat Center Ministry, I have assisted in preparation for Sunday Mass as well as getting involved in social and educational gatherings.

These people grew much during the early days of the renewal from Vatican II. They have dealt with their struggles and, with the help of others in this close-knit Worshipping Community, grown into wonderful Catholic Christians who know how to pray, how to serve the needy and how to celebrate the faith and life we share.

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Blessed Trinity, Orlando – 50 years

Untitled-1(from left) Fathers William Slight, Fr. Roland Nadeau, Deacon Miguel Pagan and Bishop John Noonan for the celebration of the parish's 50th anniversary (Photo: Andrea Navarro)Blessed Trinity Parish, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is nestled among the neighborhoods on Anderson Road, where orange groves once stood.

Carolyn Tresnan moved to Orlando 52 years ago and joined Blessed Trinity when it was still a mission, and Mass was celebrated at that time at Conway Elementary School. Tresnan, who serves as a lector, parish council member and 50th anniversary committee member, recalled working with many parishioners over the years, who helped make the parish a reality.

"A lot of people who built this place are not here anymore," she said. "We were working with them to get to this. It's a good example of what disciples are supposed to do."

 

Fifty Years of Faith

 

The parish has been holding monthly celebrations to commemorate its 50th anniversary, and May 22, the feast of the Holy Trinity, Bishop John Noonan celebrated Mass top observe the milestone.

“Blessed Trinity has become as very special place where you encounter God,” Bishop Noonan said. “The Holy Spirit transforms us in a mission to serve God and our brothers and sisters. We are Christians and followers of Jesus Christ. We are called to serve and bring forth Jesus Christ. For 50 years, you have served the Lord, and we pray that God will bless us."

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Prayer for Attleboro Ministry

Untitled-1From the moment Our Lady of La Salette stood and welcomed the two children during the Apparition on Sept. 19, 1846, those who find inspiration and comfort in her message are reminded to “pray well”.

For the past 60 years, we at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro, MA, USA, have offered countless opportunities for our visitors, volunteers and pilgrims to pray – daily and weekend Masses, the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Healing Services for English, Spanish and Portuguese visitors, our Padre Pio Prayer Group, Intercessory Prayer Group, and our many day and weekend retreat programs.

Within the past four years, we have been involved in a legal tax dispute with the City of Attleboro Tax Assessor’s Office concerning our tax status as a non-profit organization. From our recent meeting with the State Supreme Court concerning our case and the consequent public discussion in newspapers, on radio and television, and in personal blogs, we have asked people to pray for us and our ministry.

As the Massachusetts Supreme Court discusses and decides our case, we ask you to pray for us. You may find the following prayer an appropriate and powerful way of asking God for wisdom for our Supreme Court Judges, for us La Salettes and for the members of our Attleboro City Tax Assessor’s Office.

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Feeding the Hungry for 25 Years

In Matthew’s scene of the Last Judgment, we hear Jesus telling a shocking story. A king separates the vast throng into two groups and first addresses those on his right (“the blessed of my Father”) noting:

 

Untitled-1Brother Roger Moreau, M.S. (4th from left)
with some of his volunteers
‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’

 

Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you… in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me’ (Matthew 25: 35-40).

 

This sounds fair enough. Now the king addresses those on his left (the condemned) and greets them with such direct and seemingly harsh words:

 

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Attleboro La Salette Lay Summit 2016

Untitled-1Something new and exciting is happening this July 14-17, 2016, at the La Salette National Shrine. Come join the fun and deepen your faith at the same time!

Purpose of Lay Summit


This Lay Summit is offered every three years so that laity can enter more deeply into the conversion process that leads to a more authentic and vibrant Christian life, guided by Mary's message of reconciliation, the Scriptures and our La Salette mission to "make her message known". All adult Catholics are invited to learn more about the message and mission of the La Salette Apparition.

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