Welcome to the Blog of Monsignor Michael T. McCulken, our Pastor. 
These posts are mainly comprised of weekly bulletin messages from Monsignor. 
God Bless You!

Time of Celebration

Dear Friends, This Fall is a busy one with the celebrations of First Communion and Confirmation. Due to the restrictions of the pandemic, we scheduled 5 First Communions and several private family ones. Each was beautiful and the children were truly great in their reverence and faith while handling the additional burden of masks. A touching feature this year was that the children sat with their parents and siblings and each family group came up together to the Altar to receive our Lord. Two Confirmation Masses were celebrated by Bishop Fitzgerald on Saturday, October 3, two more will be celebrated by me this coming week and one private family celebration. What a grace that despite the ne

Disciple Maker Index

Dear Friends, This weekend I am excited to announce the first two parts of our participation in the Initiative called the Next Generation Catholic Parish. Representatives from the Catholic Leadership Institute will visit our parish on the weekend of October 10-11 as well as have interviews both in person and virtually to get to know our parish. The second part is a parish wide survey entitled Disciple Maker Index. Please see the information about that which follows ~ Next Generation Catholic Parish Initiative ~ Disciple Maker Index Our Parish Family will be participating in a parish-wide survey! This survey is about discipleship conducted by the Catholic Leadership Institute. It is part of o

Inspiring Autumn

Dear Friends, Fall is in the air today as I write this. School is in session. The children (and parents) are very happy. Mrs. Theresa Healy, our principal, the school administration, staff, teachers, our facilities company and so many parents have worked very hard to provide for as much safety as possible for everyone. While so many things need to be different than before, all the adjustments are allowing for onsite Catholic education to flourish for our children and families. I am so very grateful to everyone for the planning and work that has been done! Our prayers rise to God to continue keeping everyone safe and well. Our Forty Hours devotions were simpler in the midst of this pandemic.

Who Do You Live For?

Dear Friends, Who do you live for? Or, who are you living for? The way we answer that question ~ “who” ~ bears heavily on our perspective about life. Our answer to that question will determine how we view the challenges of life, how we assess the rewards of life, how we relate in this life, how we go about living our life. In our second reading today, Saint Paul offers the answer that a disciple gives to this question, “…None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” To belong to the Lord in life and in death means everything. We belong to Him throug

Move Forward in His Light

Dear Friends, Happy Labor Day weekend! As the Summer season winds down, we look forward to the opening of a new school year in these unprecedented times. Holy Cross Regional Catholic has been preparing diligently, putting into place the protocols and new practices which the Archdiocese has provided to help navigate these current circumstances. Our Facilities Company is not only cleaning school but implementing additional sanitizing practices for the coming year to do what is possible in helping to keep everyone safe. Most of our students will be in-person but the school has additional technology for live streaming to help those who will be attending virtually. We pray that all these effo

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