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Two new parishes now staffed by our congregation

    Cerignola, Italy in the Puglia region of Italy, is the location of the parish dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus  that is now staffed by the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts.  Fr. Angelo Terracciano is the Rector of the new community  and the Pastor of the parish. He began his pastoral duties there in February, 2009. In 1843 Cerignola was the site of the first community house opened by our Founder after he founded the house in Secondigliano.  However with the political upheaval in the ensuing years the house was forced to close. 


As this newsletter was going into print, Superior General, Fr. Salvatore Izzo announced that the congregation has accepted the duties in another parish in Offida on the central Adriatic coast of Italy.  It will be staffed by Fr. Sebastian Dias and Fr. Valan Raj from our Indian delegation.  Both Fathers have been living and working in Italy for the past five years and are eagerly looking forward to this new challenge.  The parish, St. Mary of Assumption, is in the Diocese of Ascoli Piceno.

First Priestly Ordinations
 in our Nigerian community take place on August 15

Newly Ordained Fr. Luke Nwoko and Fr. Peter Morkah
Newly Ordained Fr. Luke Nwoko and Fr. Peter Morkah, with  former Superior General, Fr. Luigi Toscano, (left) and Fr. Mathew Binoj, M.SS.CC., Rector of the Nigerian Community.

Fr. Mathew, M.SS.CC. offers Sunday Mass
Fr. Mathew, M.SS.CC. offers Sunday Mass in the courtyard of the House of Formation in
Owerri, Nigeria….there is no local Catholic Church.

15th Anniversary of Perpetual Adoration
at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Linwood, NJ celebrated on Sept. 15
   It was with some trepidation that Eucharistic Perpetual Adoration was begun 15 years ago at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Linwood, NJ.  A group of dedicated lay people with the commitment of Pastor, Fr. Malcolm MacLeod, M.SS.CC. were hopeful that it would succeed.  A separate Chapel was not part of the church so it would have to conducted in the church itself.   But 15 years later, it has brought many blessings to the parish and to all those who have committed themselves to one hour a week, 24/7.  To date there have been over 350,000          visits.    On September 15, Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, faithful adorers attended Mass and a Procession of the Blessed Sacrament was held on the church grounds.

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