Fr. Carter

Week of July 23, 2017

Dear Parishioners, A couple weeks ago, I went to the choir practice to talk to them about a liturgical issue. I noticed that the congregation almost always applauds during the 10 am Sunday Mass. I can understand if it happened occasionally for a special event like a confirmation or a wedding. But, it was happening…

Week of July 16, 2017

Dear Parishioners, I recently had an opportunity to travel to Rome, Italy. Even though it was my fourth trip there, each time I go, I come back with a new appreciation of that city and all it stands for. Even as just a secular city, Rome had tremendous influence on all of Europe and even…

Week of July 9, 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…

Dear Parishioners, Today I would like to tell you about a group I started just this January: the Reading Group. I’m sure that you have heard it announced at Mass and in the bulletin. But, I am not sure if I ever fully explained what it is and why I find it so interesting. The…

Week of June 25, 2017

Dear Parishioners, Summer is finally here! We have completed our school year and our high holy days. And now the parish takes it easy for a few months before we gear up again for the Fall. For me, this is a time of vacation and preparation. So, in that spirit, I just have a few…

Week of June 18, 2017

Dear Parishioners, Happy Father’s Day! And what a great day it is. Even if we do not realize it, every father on earth is a reflection of God the Father in heaven. We are all God’s sons and daughters because we have been baptized into the sonship of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Fathers have a…

Week of June 11, 2017

Dear Parishioners, Great things have been happening in our parish! First, I would like to congratulate Holy Innocents School’s Girls Softball Team. After having an undefeated season, they won their Division Championship against St. Benedict’s in Holmdel. It was an awesome game on a great night and we are really proud of our girls. Second,…

Week of June 4, 2017

Dear Parishioners, In Advent 2011, the Church produced a new translation of the Mass that we still use today. This translation has many benefits over the previous one. It is a more faithful translation of the original Latin and it does not simplify the theology in the text but maintains all the rich imagery. I…

Week of May 28, 2017

Dear Parishioners, This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day. On this last Monday of May, we remember all those who have given their life in service to our country. Fulton Sheen used to say, “The vocation of a soldier is next in dignity to the priesthood, not only because it commissioned him to defend justice on…

Week of May 21, 2017

Dear Parishioners, I have been with you 8 months now and today, Sunday, May 21st, I am being installed as your Pastor. In some ways these eight months have felt like a long time because of the anticipation that I felt for becoming your pastor. Just about every priest desires to have his own parish…