Category Archives: From the Pastor

Pentecost Sunday

Our Bible Study group this year studied Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans. When we finished this study of this truly seminal text, we decided to read the first 9 chapters of The Confessions of Saint Augustine. I suggested this because this book has meant so much to me personally, and also because I taught…
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A May Potpourri

May is Mary’s month, and we shall have the traditional Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Solemn Mass today, which also happens to be the secular observation of Mother’s Day. A good fit of sacred and secular. That this lovely tradition survived the post-Vatican II “cleansing” is a minor miracle and shows the…
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First Holy Communions

Last weekend 21 young boys and girls made their First Holy Communion. This weekend at the 11:30 Mass 11 more of our young people will receive the Body of Christ for the first time. This is an important day in the life of these children. To receive our Lord, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity into…
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Fourth Sunday after Easter

We think of ourselves as members of Saint Mary’s parish church, and we love our parish that is so unique in so many ways. But as I have said many times, we are also all members of the larger family that is the Diocese, and that Bishop Frank Caggiano is our Father in God and…
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The Beauty of Thy Peace

One of the recent “movements” is the Slow Food Movement. This began as a protest against “fast food”. This protest is not merely against fast food on culinary grounds but also against the whole notion of eating on the run, eating fast. Slow Food takes food seriously and in a sense religiously, recalling, at least…
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St. Leo the Great

I write this on the feast of St. Leo the Great, Pope and Confessor. Only two popes carry the designation “Great”: St. Leo and St. Gregory. They were bishops of Rome during a most trying time in the history of the West, when the Roman Empire was falling apart and the barbarian invasions were beginning…
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Dominica in Albis

This Sunday has many names. The first is Dominica in Albis, meaning Sunday in white, because the newly baptized wore their white garments to Mass on this Sunday. This is also called Low Sunday. No one is quite sure where this name comes from, but it would seem that this Sunday of the Octave of…
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Easter Sunday

Whatever I can say about the glory of Easter pales to what George Herbert, Anglican priest and poet, said in his wonderful poem I have oft quoted. So read, meditate and enjoy this Easter Gift, all who love and support our wonderful parish dedicated to Our Lady! Rise heart; thy Lord is risen. Sing his praise…
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Palm Sunday

Holy Week begins with what I call the Day of Irony. The first part of the Mass includes the Procession with palms, recalling Christ’s entry into Jerusalem before his Passion and Death. The texts of the Traditional Roman Rite, which we use at St Mary’s all through Holy Week, preserve this irony: the One entering…
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Holy Week at St. Mary’s

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…
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