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  • View Bulletin PDF here:  9-30-2018 Bulletin

Pastor’s Weekly Message: 

Over these past several weeks, the Church has given us readings from Sacred Scripture which have given us reminders and instructions on how our Discipleship with Jesus is meant to be lived out.

We have been reminded that as Disciples of Jesus we are to take up our Cross and follow Him without delay and without hesitation. We are called to be willing to “lose ourselves” so that we might gain a fuller and fuller life in Christ.

We are to pray to the Father, “thy Will be done” and mean it; living lives that are marked by a total trust in God’s Plan to be realized in our lives without our fear-filled, cautious, and calculating interferences.

As Disciples of Jesus, we are to find “greatness” in a life of service; especially serving the needs of all who are disenfranchised, poor, and labelled as of no particular value.

And in our Mass today, the Gospel of St. Mark reminds us that being a Disciple is about our willingness to share the Graces and the Spirit of God that has been to graciously given to us.

In our day to day lives, how often do we understand ourselves as being Disciples of Jesus with a particular Mission to live out in our world? Maybe we do. I’m guessing that most of us probably do not, though. I’m guessing that most of us probably do not look at ourselves in the mirror in the morning and wonder, “how am I going to live out my Mission as a Disciple of Jesus today?” I think that most of us who are serious about our Faith in Jesus strive to follow His Command to Love as He loved us. I think that we strive to do good and to avoid evil.

Perhaps it is because most Catholic Christians do not think of their lives as being Disciples of Jesus is why our Church has been nudging us to reflect on this reality. And it has been nudging us because think about it or not, it is who we are as Baptized believers. And the plain truth is that the more intentionally we live out this reality of our Discipleship, the better our world will be.

~ Fr. Tom Gaughan, CSC

Father Tom Gaughan’s Introduction Bulletin:  

Hello, Community of St Andre Bessette Church!!! It is such a Grace and honor for me to be asked to serve this wonderful Community as your newest Pastor. I am grateful, humbled, and excited for the opportunity to join this Community of Faith and Service. As my first “official” Bulletin entry, I would like to introduce myself and tell you all a little bit about myself.

I was born in New Bedford, MA in February of 1958; the third child (of four), second son, of Richard and Mary (Muldoon) Gaughan. Both my mom and dad were children of Irish immigrants to the US. Both of my grandfathers were born in Ireland (Counties Mayo and Donegal) and immigrated to the US as young men. My father was a fireman who ended his 30+ years of service to the city as Fire Chief. My older sister and brother, Kathleen and Rick, are “Irish twins” being born one year and four days apart! They are 5 and 6 years older than me, and my younger brother, Pat, is 6 years younger than me. My sister is currently living with my 92 year old mom as caregiver, my older brother retired last year after 33 years of teaching literature at the University of Central Arkansas, and lives in Conway, AR with his wife. My younger brother lives in Middleboro, MA with his wife and three boys, and works as a bank bigwig currently in Taunton, MA.

After graduating from Bishop Stand High School in North Dartmouth, MA in 1976, I headed off to Indiana to attend the University of Notre Dame. On May 18, 1980 (a date remembered around here for a certain mountain to the north that blew it’s lid that day) I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. (I have always hoped that there was NOT a connection between me getting my ND degree and the earth shaking!!!!)

After graduation, I did a year of volunteer service as a Holy Cross Associate….HERE in Portland!!! So, after a 38 year hiatus, I have returned to the City of Roses!! And am excited to do so, I might add! Following my Associate year, I entered Formation for the Congregation of Holy Cross in August of 1981. In August of 1983 I Professed First Vows after completing the Novitiate Year in Colorado. In 1986, I received my second degree from Notre Dame, a Master of Divinity (no earthquakes or volcanoes this time!). In August of that same year, I Professed Final Vows and was Ordained a Deacon. I served as Deacon in a parish in South Bend, IN. Then, on April 25, 1987, I was ordained a Priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross. (Again, no natural disasters that I am aware of!) My first assignment as a Holy Cross Priest was to serve at Notre Dame. This assignment lasted 25 years during which time I served in many capacities; largely in Campus Ministry (10 years as Director of Retreats) and in Residence Life (20 years as Rector of Stanford Hall…one of the men’s residence halls on campus). Also during my time at ND, I earned my Doctorate in Preaching from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St Louis, MO.

When my time at Notre Dame drew to a close, I was granted some time in sabbatical to work on some of my research and writing. After the sabbatical, I was assigned to serve in southern Vermont as Parochial Vicar at the two parishes that Holy Cross staffs in Bennington. These past two years have been spent living at Stonehill College in North Easton, MA doing some writing for Holy Cross Family Ministries and helping out at local parishes in the Boston and Fall River Dioceses.

After God, Family, and Notre Dame, my loves are music and sports (specifically ice hockey: I’m a goalie….yes, that is a present tense description). I thank you all for your warm welcome, and very much look forward to serving you as your Pastor. God Bless you. St Andre, pray for us!!

~ Fr. Tom Gaughan, CSC

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