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Fr. Carter

October 15, 2017

Dear Parishioners, This past Friday marked an important anniversary in our Church: the one-hundredth anniversary of the final appearance of Our Lady of Fatima. From May until October in 1917, Our Lady appeared to three children (Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto, and Lucia dos Santos) in Fatima, Portugal. These miraculous appearances attracted the attention of…

Week of October 8, 2017

Dear Parishioners, I have often said in homilies, and these bulletin letters, that prayer is important to living the Christian life. I think intellectually, we all know that. The problem is that not many of us know how to pray. We can just sit there and wait for something to happen. But, that does not…

Week of October 1, 2017

Dear Parishioners, For this bulletin letter, I would like to update you on some of the wonderful things that have been hap- pening in our parish and that will happen in the upcoming month. The Monday Night Bible Study, “The Bible and the Sacraments,” has been going well. I knew it was a good series…

Week of September 24, 2017

Dear Parishioners, Thank you to the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for cooperating with the changes I made last week. Even though it is not a huge difference time-wise to approach the altar after the priest receives communion rather than for the Lamb of God, I think there is a great spiritual benefit to do…

Week of September 17, 2017

Dear Parishioners, Since being appointed the Pastor of Holy Innocents Church in May, I have been working to reestablish the Pastoral Council. In order to maintain continuity, I have included many old faces from the previous Pastoral Council. But, there are some new faces as well. This weekend, I have decided to formally introduce the…

Week of September 10, 2017

Dear Parishioners, I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. Welcome back to everyone who was on vacation. As we begin a new school year, I have just some brief points I would like to call to your attention. I would like to welcome our guests from Domestic Church Media who will be speaking at all…

Week of September 3, 2017

Dear Parishioners, I have good news: I’m going to run a Bible Study this Fall. The study is titled, “The Bible and the Sacraments,” and it is from the Journey through Scripture series from the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. It is an eleven part series which uses video presentations and study questions in…

Week of August 27, 2017

Dear Parishioners, I want to take a moment to update you all on the implementation of Faith in Our Future. As many of you know we are part of Cohort 18 with Mother of Mercy Parish, Asbury Park and St. Anselm, Wayside. We have a collaborative relationship which means that we are finding ways to…

Week of August 20, 2017

Dear Parishioners, As many of you know, we have not had Youth Ministry in the parish for a number of years. We have Religious Education, our School and sports programs and they all do great jobs. But, we have not had a ministry specifically dedicated to the spiritual growth of our youth. I think both…

Week of August 13, 2017

Dear Parishioners, The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCN) will be here next weekend to share SCN Family stories with the Holy Innocents Parish Community. Monica Boggs, SCN Associate will speak at all the Masses next weekend on behalf of the SCN ministries which began in the United States, expanding to India in 1947, Belize…