It is a great honor, privilege and a source of great happiness for me to be the Pastor of St Mary's Parish. Before becoming Pastor I was a parochial vicar at St. Mary's for almost eight years and was privileged to be a part, under the guidance of Fr. Markey, our former Pastor, of the restoration of the liturgical life of the parish and the restoration of the beauty of the church building itself. To be Pastor of a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, inner city parish is not easy work, but for me it is truly a labor of love and a source of Christian joy. The heart and soul of this parish is the worship of God in Spirit and in Truth, in the Beauty of Holiness. It is at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that one encounters the living God in a full albeit hidden way. The whole staff of the parish, including our Deacon, Steve Genovese, and each of our families understand that why we exist is to provide a place worthy of the celebration of the Sacrifice of the Mass and to put the Love that is at the heart of that Sacrifice to work in our own lives wherever we are and spread the Good News of the Gospel. The Traditional Form of the Roman Rite lies at the very heart at the parish, and its beauty spills over to all Masses celebrated here, whether in English or in Spanish. Those of you who are traveling to this part of the country, please come and visit St. Mary's. You will always be welcomed in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Father Richard Gennaro Cipolla
This week we begin Late Advent, when we focus ever more deeply on spiritual preparation for Christmas. We began on Friday evening with our choirs singing Advent Lessons and Carols, as we listened to the readings that tell of the coming of Christ on Christmas and the carols that tell us to watch and pray and look to the East Continue Reading
The season of Advent is blessed by the commemoration of some of the most beloved saints on the Church calendar, including St. Nicholas and St. Lucy. St. Nicholas and St. Lucy are associated with wonderful stories and customs. St. Nicholas was bishop of Myra, a small city that is part of Turkey today. He was elected bishop by popular acclamation, Continue Reading
People have asked me the source of the text I read at the end of my sermon last Sunday at the 9:30 Solemn Mass. It is the first four verses of a hymn by Charles Wesley, one of the great Christian hymn writers, “Lo! He comes with clouds descending”. We always sing it at St, Mary’s on the First Sunday Continue Reading
This Sunday marks the last Sunday in the liturgical year. Advent begins a new year for the Church. This is the feast of Christ the King on the Novus Ordo calendar. We celebrate this feast as the culmination of the Church Year and as the culmination of our faith. It is an affirmation that Christ is indeed King of our Continue Reading
The month of November has traditionally been the month of All Souls, the month in which we focus on prayer for the dead. Most parishes celebrate the Mass on All Souls Day itself and then forget about the dead until next year. This is understandable in a Catholic world in which the color white is worn by the priest at Continue Reading