Entries by Fr. Bill Donahue

Pastor’s Desk – January 23

Dear Fellow Parishioners, At the risk of becoming tedious on the subject, I’d like to share a couple of additional thoughts about the current spike of the more contagious Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. I urge continued vigilance by wearing masks fully in place during the entire Mass, except when receiving Holy Communion – […]

Pastor’s Desk – January 16, 2022

Dear Fellow Parishioners, We begin our New Year again with COVID-19 and its variants in the headlines. Fortunately, the new restrictions on indoor gatherings do not apply to houses of worship. Based on our experience of the past many months, I believe our precautions here at SV have been effective in both preventing the transmission […]

Pastor’s Desk – December 26, 2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners, As I write this message to you, the days of hope are drawing near. Even though Christmas falls on Saturday this year, our Christmas and Sunday Mass schedules remain largely unchanged from past years, in order to serve our parish families who traditionally attend a particular Mass and plan their family celebrations around it. The […]

Pastor’s Desk – December 19th

Dear Fellow Parishioners, I’d like to share a few thoughts about the upcoming celebrations of the last days of Advent, Christmas, the Feast of the Holy Family, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and Epiphany. This year, these observances come in very rapid succession, all within 9 days between Christmas and Epiphany. There are 24 […]

Pastor’s Desk – December 5, 2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Over the past few days, many of us have paid close attention to reports of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. As of this writing, there is one confirmed case in the United States, though that number seems certain to grow. While this is of obvious initial concern, I can’t help […]

Pastor’s Desk – November 26, 2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Now that Thanksgiving (but hopefully not the leftovers) are behind us, we can turn our attention to the season of Advent. The grace of a new beginning which this season always brings is especially welcome this year. 1) We will begin scheduling lay lectors for Masses on the First Sunday of Advent. […]

Pastor’s Desk – November 11, 2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners, I write this on the morning of November 11th, Veterans Day, which has an interesting history of its own. Though it was observed in the U.S. by Presidential Proclamation in 1919, and thereafter throughout the country with 2 minutes of silence at 11:00 am, Armistice Day was not declared a federal holiday […]

Pastor’s Desk – November 5, 2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners,The change of seasons, plus the long-awaited return of rain, is nature’s way of preparing us once again for the beginning of Advent which is three weeks away. One of the graces of celebrating the various liturgical seasons, plus family memories and traditions associated with them, is that these annual events contain elements […]