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Scenes from my first Christmas

Yes, this is my First Christmas.....as a Deacon of course. Fr. Andrew reminded me and the entire congregation of that, along with the story ...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Tried & True in this year of Mercy

The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are actions we can perform that extend God’s compassion and mercy to those in need.

Corporal Works of Mercy

The Corporal Works of Mercy are these kind acts by which we help our neighbors with their material and physical needs.

feed the hungry
give drink to the thirsty
clothe the naked
shelter the homeless
visit the sick
visit the imprisoned
bury the dead

Spiritual Works of Mercy

The Spiritual Works of Mercy are acts of compassion, as listed below, by which we help our neighbors with their emotional and spiritual needs.

counsel the doubtful
instruct the ignorant
admonish sinners
comfort the afflicted
forgive offenses
bear wrongs patiently

Where do you search for Salvation

I came across this quote from the Holy Father.....The pope continues:

Once I heard a person say: In my grandmother’s time a confessor was enough, but today lots of people go to fortunetellers. Today people try to find salvation wherever they can.

Saturday, January 16, 2016


"Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall a soul except sin.  God commands you to pray, but He forbids you to worry."  St. Francis de Sales

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Not saying goodbye .....saying Adieu

I begin by apologizing for the silence of this blog for an extended period of time. I actually thought it was best to shut down almost completely and spend more time in prayer, with family, and friends. I've committed myself for better balance in my life and I have to say so far so good. I will always have the inclination or the desire to often times do too much. Christmas was and will always remain a special time for the Couture family and the treasure received was being with my wife, my children, and my family. 

I was challenged to preach quite a bit during my Christmas vacation from work at SW. I preached at three Masses prior to Christmas, two Communion Services at the Federal Prison, one Mass at the Nursing Home and also three Masses after Christmas. Wow! I realized how challenging it was to just live in the moment, and not thinking ahead to the next time. I loved the challenge and looking forward to the next time I will preach again. 

New Years Eve Terry, myself, my brother and his family spent a glorious evening at the Disney of the North Country....Santa's Village. We had an amazing time and truly enjoyed ourselves. I think the little boy in me made a grand appearance.

We then had friends stay over the following night and enjoyed a great evening out for supper and time spent with their children coming for a visit. 

Yes, there is more, the next night we had an evening campfire with family and friends. I couldn't have asked for more!

Today with a heavy heart we laid to rest a dear friend of mine, Don. I met Don about 7 years ago at the Tuesday night bowling league. What endeared me to him was his infectious laugh and his joie de vivre. I could not miss receiving the honor of serving as Deacon at his funeral. I know I have shared this with some of you in the past, and today it is very appropriate. Being of French descent I loved growing up saying Adieu. A french man never says goodbye, for to us goodbye means forever. We say Adieu, meaning unto God I give you until we meet again. No matter if the person is alive or not, it is Adieu. So to Don I say Adieu mon Amis, a la prochaine fois. Unto God I give you Don, until we meet again. 

May the God of Mercy shine upon all of you in the coming year and may your hearts be filled with love, joy, and good health.

Adieu mes Amis,

Deacon Mitch