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
The Traditional Roman Rite of the Mass lies at the very heart of Saint Mary’s parish. Since Father Markey introduced it in the parish some seven years ago, it has become integral to the very existence of this parish both in spiritual ways and in eminently practical ways. The Solemn Mass on Sunday has brought so many new people to Continue Reading
Someone asked me the other day: "Where did the statue of Our Lady of Norwalk come from?" I replied that I wish that I could say that she flew here like Our Lady's house flew to Loreto by a miracle. But I can say that Our Lady of Norwalk flew here, not carried by angels, but rather on an airline Continue Reading
The Chapel of St. Patrick will be ready for use in a very short time. We look forward to being able to pray quietly in the chapel, light candles, allow prayer groups to meet and pray and resume Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesdays and Fridays. All Masses will continue to be in the main church. One of the Continue Reading
The Diocese has informed me that we have achieved our goal for the Annual Catholic Appeal. Many thanks to our parishioners for their generosity even after the campaign for the new HVAC. May God bless you as you have blessed this parish. Tickets will be on sale after all Masses every weekend for the celebratory dinner after the Solemn Mass Continue Reading
Some of you know that I went to Quito, Ecuador, this past week to celebrate a Nuptial Mass for one of our former parishioners, Matthew Balkey (a singer in our Viri Galilei group) now married to Maria de los Angeles Sanchez Lopez. The wedding was in the Jesuit church of La Compañia de Jesús. The churches of Quito are each Continue Reading