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
We look forward to Bishop Caggiano’s presence at St. Mary’s to bestow the Sacrament of Confirmation on our young people on May 27 at 4 p.m. This is the first time the bishop will confer the Sacrament in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, that is, the Traditional Roman Mass. Under the guidance of Deacon Steve Genovese, our Coordinator Continue Reading
The readings at Mass for the first part of Eastertide describe the appearances of Jesus after the Resurrection. He appeared to a number of people including Mary Magdalene, the apostles, and others. The question arises often: why did he not appear to his Mother? It is true that he may have but we have no information about that in the Continue Reading
Because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, we have four full weeks of Advent. Advent is a time of preparation for the great festival of Christmas. The loveliness of Advent comes from the admixture of the sense of waiting for the light in what is the darkest time of the year, the sense of anticipation that is present on Continue Reading
Last week I commented on the devastation of the basilica of St. Benedict and the monastery in Norcia and suggested that this was a sign of the death of what we called Western Civilization since the early Middle Ages. I write this column this Wednesday morning bleary-eyed, having stayed up until the wee hours of the morning, mesmerized by the Continue Reading
This is one of my favorite times of the year: the brilliant blue color of the sky, the gold and red of the leaves on trees, the intensity of activity after the somnolence of the summer, yes, even the earlier darkness at the end of the day that makes us appreciate light in all of its forms so much more. Continue Reading