St. Mary’church in Clinton has been like the hub on a wheel in my life with many spokes radiating from it’s center: Mom and Dad were married at St. Mary's and buried in the cemetery. So it’s no surprise that my brother and I were baptized there, took catechism our first communion there and became confirmed. 

 

Who knew we’d all be upstaged by a stray cat?! One of our wonderful priests, Father Michael Sequeira, and the now famous stray black cat that would later be known as Roman CatHolic has been memorialized in a book titled: “Stories of an Outstanding Cat”  

 

Since the cat emerged onsite back in 1997 Fr. Mike had no idea of the positive impact it would have on his life. Roman the cat passed away in 2015.  I think you’ll this self-published book I think you’ll find uplifting and insightful. While every one had thought he had rescued him it had turned out that the cat rescued Fr. Mike. 

 

Visit: https://anoutstandingcat.com to read more about this wonderful story and to buy the book. Here’s 

 

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORIES

 

 

If you have a furry friend, feline or otherwise, you talk to it, right? Probably even have conversations with it. (We all do.)

 

And so it was when the pastor of a church in Clinton, Connecticut encountered a lost cat several days in a row on the grounds of the rectory he called home. A pact he made with the cat for a one-night living arrangement came undone when the rescued cat did not live up to his campaign promise to be gone after one night.

 

It soon became clear to everyone who knew them, that it was this cat he had named Roman Catholic who rescued Father Michael and not the other way around. And what followed was fifteen years of their sometimes conflicting needs coalescing into a relationship of devotion to one another and to the parishioners to whom they ministered.

 

The life, adventures, musings, and lessons learned from the beloved, sassy cat became stories that Father Michael would tell to his congregants. In retirement from his busy ministry, he has written them down in a treasure of delightful vignettes. And like Levy’s secular rye bread, you don’t have to be Catholic to enjoy them!

 

Here’s a couple of sample pages and excerpts for you to get a sense of what he put together. It’s beautifully illustrated.