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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

We Salute You, Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts!

I saw this in the New York Daily News with this description:

Police stand outside Sacred Heart Church for the funeral of Prince William County, Va., Police Officer Ashley Guindon in Springfield, Mass. 

 A newly-sworn-in Virginia cop was fatally shot and two other officers were wounded while responding to a fatal domestic related incident, the Prince William County Police Department said late Saturday.
Officer Ashley Guindon died from injuries sustained in the shooting in Woodbridge, the police department said shortly after 10:30 p.m.
Police Sgt. Jonathan Perok said Guindon had been sworn in on Friday and was working her first shift on Saturday when she was killed. In welcoming Guindon and another officer to the force Friday, the department tweeted their photo and said, "be safe!" 

The diocesan website has some interesting wording:

 The Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield, a corporate sole, is the civil corporate name for the Diocese of Springfield. The Bishop of Springfield is the head of the corporation. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, which was erected on June 14, 1870, operates under both civil law and canon law (the law of the Church). It is comprised of 81 parishes and 9 missions with more than 217,000 Catholics. There are 184 priests throughout the four western counties of Massachusetts (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire).
The diocese educates just over 3,100 students in 14 elementary schools, 4 high schools and 1 college.

The diocese supports our laity and public with extensive services, such as providing eleven homes for the aged, a hospital, a health care center, and a day care center.
On August 12, 2014 Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski was installed as the 9th Bishop of Springfield. Retired Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell (8th Bishop of Springfield) continues to reside in the Diocese and takes part in the life of the Catholic community here.
There are several religious houses in our diocese, including the cloistered orders of the Visitation and Dominican nuns and numerous motherhouses including Sisters of St. Joseph, Sisters of Providence, Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Assisi and Daughters of the Heart of Mary. Other orders are present in the diocese. Among the religious men represented in the diocese, we have the Marian Fathers & Brothers, Franciscans, LaSalettes, Passionists and Stigmatines.

If you go to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church (also in Springfield), you will get this in the bulletin:

 3rd Sunday of month Haitian Creole Mass 5:00 p.m.
Kiswahili Masses as announced

 Also in Springfield, at Our Lady of the Rosary: 

Confession Schedule:
 Sat. 3:15 – 3:45 p.m., before each Weekday Mass
(Reconciliation available in Polish)