Saturday, January 20, 2018

        Traditional Latin Mass Every Sunday at 11:00 A.M.
                       (Usually High Mass) St. Martha Parish 214 Brainard Rd. Enfield Ct



THE PRIESTLY ROBE
Touch it lightly, or not at all.
Let it not fall !
Let not a fabric so august
Trail in the dust!
`Tis a costly thing,
Woven by love in suffering.
`Twas Jesus` parting gift to men.
When the Lord rose to Heaven again,
His latest breathing fell on it.
A mystery hides within its folds.
Quickened by sacramental breath,
It holds
The power of life and death.
Would you sully it ? Would you rend it?
Is there a Christian would not defend it-
A robe so costly and so rare,
So wonderfully fair ?
Woe to the hand profane
Woe to the heart ungracious,
Woe to the tongue unheeding,
Would dare to cast a stain
On a vestment made so precious
By such costly bleeding!

II

I know this robe and its history,
And what strange virtue goeth forth
From its hem to bless the earth;
And I adore the mystery
That gives it grace,
In Jesus` name, to soothe and heal.
With more than human tenderness
I prize the priestly order;
And, while the reverent knee I kneel,
I do not see beneath the border
Frail feet of clay,
But seek to find, if so I may,
By feeling,
Some gracious thread which will convey
To my sore spirit healing.
Vicars of Christ ! deem me not rude,
If nearer than is wont I press me;
But turn and bless me
Amid the kneeling multitude.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

                                         Traditional Latin Mass 
                                             for 
                   The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ
                         Saturday Jan 13th at 9:00 A.M.
                                       St Martha Parish 214 Brainard Rd Enfield Ct.
St Martha Parish Enfield Ct
                   Traditional Latin Mass every Sunday at 11:00 A.M.                                          (Usually High Mass)
O Holy Mary Ever Virgin and Conceived without sin; Pray for us that have recourse to thee. Amen
              Feast of the Holy Family Jan 7th at 11:00 A.M. 
                     Traditional Latin Mass  ( High Mass)
                                      Una Voce Enfield

Friday, January 5, 2018


Reflection for the Epiphany




The Epiphany of the Lord is the manifestation of Christ who is the light and salvation of God for all peoples.  God manifested the arrival of the true King to the Magi and they start a long and arduous journey to search for the Child.  Guided by the light of a star they found Him and adored Him.
The Magi embody all those who with hope and faith search for that light that can return the meaning to their lives. In other words, those who seek God. Faith is a constant search that requires crossing through darkness, as we encounter difficulties and abandon the comfort of our own thinking, in order to walk the extraordinary paths that lead to God.
The Magi were humble and simple individuals. They did not flaunt their human wisdom. Prostrated before a child like any other, they discovered in Him the Prince and Master of all wisdom. As a result, they opened their gifts, more importantly their hearts to the child. Their reward would be being filled with the divine mystery. They were able to find what others were incapable of finding: neither the prideful scribes, nor the ambitious Herod. Perhaps the Magi had a childlike heart, capable of dreaming and believing the incredible.
Like Herod, the arrogant who can’t lift their eyes to the skies, the short-sighted towards the manifestations of God, the hard-hearted and those who live in selfishness and ambition can never experience and celebrate the Epiphany. Because the Epiphany is radiance for those who know to lift their eyes to Heaven and don’t become hunched towards earthly things. The Magi knew how to read the message of God in the star and they searched for it in the darkness and became wisely deaf to the opinions of others, especially towards the poisonous interests of Herod.
Thus, dearly beloved, let us become manifestation of the God of love, hope and justice. Let us offer our Savior Jesus and our brethren the best of us: our heart, our life, and our time.  Hopefully, we can become like a star that guides, orients and shine over those who seek God.

Rev. Fr. Robert Villa

           

            Traditional Latin Mass ( High Mass) For Epiphany 
                           Sat, 6th at 9:00 A.M.
                 Blessing of Chalk , followed by fellowship in the Hall at Church
                           St. Martha Parish 214 Brainard Rd. Enfield Ct

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Chalking the Door: An Epiphany House Blessing 


Father Villa will be blessing Chalk and Water for this Sacramental following Holy Mass Saturday Jan 6th at 9:00 A.M.

       High Mass in the Rite of 1962 (Traditional Latin Mass) 

      Saturday Jan 6th at 9:00 A.M. for Feast of The                        Epiphany (Three Kings)  
                Fellowship after Holy Mass in Goulet Hall
Una Voce Enfield

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

                             Traditional Latin Mass 
                                  January 6th 2018
                                 High Mass at 9:00 A.M.
       The Feast of the Epiphany - Three Kings Day

       Traditional Latin Mass ( High Mass) at 9:00 A.M. 
                                                    January 6th 2018
         St. Martha Parish 214 Brainard Rd. Enfield Ct

Monday, January 1, 2018

                 A New Year's message from our beloved Pastor                                            St. Martha Parish Enfield Ct.
                                                   Father Robert Villa
Dear friends:

I wish to express my most sincere good wishes as your servant and spiritual father and pastor of this beautiful community of Saint Martha.

As we take leave of this last day of the year 2017 and welcome 2018, I pray that Our Blessed Lord Jesus, together with Mary and Joseph fills you and your homes with blessings of grace and peace. I hope and pray we can forget the sad experiences of this past year, both as a community and individually, and prepare for the joys ahead, so that together we embrace a new year, working in unity in creating a new chapter of this beautiful story of Saint Martha parish and school family.

We have worked a lot this year, and we have suffered a lot together. Now, in this new year, with the same passion and readiness to embrace what’s ahead, let us work arduously and with a stronger enthusiasm to make our community a LIVING AND EVANGELIZING parish and school.

I count on your prayers and wish you all have a prosperous new year, filled with abundant blessings in the Lord and Mary, Our most Holy Mother, and Saint Joseph, patron saint of families.

Happy New Year.

In Christ,

Fr. Robert Villa 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

  Traditional Latin Mass for The Octave day of Christmas
               January 1st 2018  Monday at 11:00 A.M.
                St. Martha Catholic Church 214 Brainard Rd. Enfield Ct

                   Traditional Latin Mass Every Sunday at 11:00 A. M.
                                                     Usually High Mass

                 1st Saturday Devotion Traditional Latin Mass
                                January 6th at 9:00 A. M.
                                     Una Voce Enfield