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 past week has seen many instances of the “trash Columbus” movement that surfaced about five years ago. One statue of Columbus in Norwalk and two others in adjoining towns were defaced. According to the local newspaper a “radical leftist organization” is claiming responsibility. Historians have never portrayed Columbus as a saint or lauded him for his moral sensibilities. Why Continue Reading
It is with great pleasure that I let you know that I have nominated Jill and Stuart Chessman for the St. Augustine Medal, given each year by the Diocese of Bridgeport. Each parish is asked to nominate someone who has made a significant contribution to the life of the parish through the years. Stuart and Jill Chessman have been a Continue Reading
Saint Mary's will be blessed by a special visit to our parish of Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of Kazakhstan. We thank Stuart Chessman and the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny for making this visit possible. Bishop Schneider will be staying at the rectory for two nights and will have the opportunity to see St. Mary's "in action" and meet many of our parishioners. I Continue Reading
The following piece appeared in the Catholic Herald in England. I want to share it with the whole parish, because Cardinal Sarah’s witness to the Catholic faith and the liturgy is so important to the Church at this time. May God continue to bless him with courage and faith. —Fr. Richard Gennaro Cipolla Cardinal Sarah urges Church to embrace Continue Reading
I am preaching at all Masses this weekend to talk about the special mission of St. Mary’s church. To be sure St. Mary’s shares in the mission of every parish church: to worship God reverently in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, to hear the word of God preached authentically, never based on the preacher’s personal opinions but always based Continue Reading