Written by: Denise Serafini on Tuesday, February 23, 2016
On Sunday, February 21, we were invited to present Relics of the Passion at St. Ann Church in Avon, CT, our initial event back in our home state. The church has recently been renovated and I can tell you that I’ve never see such a beautiful tabernacle. The walls surrounding the altar feature inset statues of the twelve apostles, particularly fitting for the story we present during the Relics of the Passion program.
While there were many parishioners from St. Ann’s in attendance, there was also a significant group from St. Mary’s Church in New Britain. It seems that Father Rivera, pastor for that parish, made a pulpit announcement at the Masses on Sunday promoting the event. These faith-filled people traveled a full half hour to spend an hour with us to meditate on Jesus in His Passion.
The Knights of Columbus Color Guard supported us in full regalia. These men are tremendous examples of great Catholic manhood in service to the Church. They have consistently supported the program throughout Connecticut over the past five years. I can’t thank them enough for their support.
We heard many comments from the faithful in attendance regarding their experience. They approached us saying things like, “Thank you so much for what you are doing”, “I’ve never attended a service quite like this before”, and “This program brought me into a truly close encounter with the Passion of Our Lord”. We genuinely appreciate their input and encouragement.
I am grateful to all that attended and especially to Elaine Atiyeh of the Rosary Rally for having coordinated the event for this parish and to Deacon Jeffrey Sutherland for his participation.