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
Next week begins the most important week in the Liturgical Year, the week we call Holy. It is these days that we recall in the deepest liturgical sense those events in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ that bought us our salvation and give us hope of eternal life when we die. St. Mary’s is the only church certainly Continue Reading
Queridos amigos en Cristo: Nos acercamos a la parte más importante de todo el Año de la Iglesia. Llamamos a esta semana "Semana Santa" porque los servicios de la Iglesia en esta semana nos recuerdan cómo Jesucristo nos salvó por su muerte en la Cruz y cómo resucitó de entre los muertos en la Pascua para darnos la esperanza de Continue Reading
Laetare Sunday every year marks what the French call “mi-carême”, mid-Lent. It gets its name from the first words of the Introit of the Day: “Laetare, Jerusalem”: Rejoice, O Jerusalem: and come together all you who love her; rejoice with joy, you who have been in sorrow.” So on this Sunday in Lent we set aside the Roman purple vestments Continue Reading
One of the best ways to keep a holy and profitable Lent is to come to the parish Lenten Mission. The Mission will begin on Sunday 4 March at 7:30 p.m. and will continue on the following Monday and Tuesday. We are blessed to have Father Michael Novajosky as the preacher of the Mission. The theme of the Mission will Continue Reading
The revolution of the earth around the sun is one year. That sentence may seem strange to us, because it uses the word “revolution” in its original sense, dealing with a body circling around a fixed point. The revolution of a triangle about a fixed axis generates what we call a cone. It is a mystery of meaning how this Continue Reading