NOVEMBER—Over 1,000 faithful participated in a Healing Mass at St. Matthew Church in Norwalk on Friday, November 5.
The Mass was celebrated by world-renowned spiritual director Father James Blount, a priest from the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, and concelebrated by Father Jeffrey Couture, pastor of St. Matthew Church. St. Matthew Church Parochial Vicar Father Sunil Pereira and Father Sudhir D’Souza, pastor of St. Philip Church also concelebrated.
Empowered with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, Father Blount preached about his deep love for the Eucharist, Marian devotion, and stories of conversion and healing. “God does the healing because God is love,” said Father Blount.
Young children, teens, parents, seniors, families and religious filled the pews. After the Mass, Father Blount prayed over each person and provided everyone the opportunity to touch and pray over sacred relics including the robe of Padre Pio.
One of the many blessings of the night was the presence of the St. Matthew Choir, providing prayerful music of comfort and hope. The St. Matthew Knights of Columbus assisted with setup, ushering, crowd control and sanitizing of the church, while the St. Matthew Catholic Daughters assisted the elderly and those physically challenged.
The Friday evening Mass began at 7 pm, with Father Blount staying until 3 am to pray over each individual. On Saturday, Father Blount led a Men’s Retreat, “Men’s Role as a Catholic,” and luncheon attended by 150. The retreat was coordinated by St. Matthew Knights of Columbus.
By Ann Yannetti