Category Archives: From the Pastor

ASSUMPTION

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…
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Our Lady of Norwalk

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,…
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Transfiguration

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…
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ST. BENEDICT & ST. SCHOLASTICA

We celebrated the feast of St. Benedict this past Tuesday. St. Benedict is part of the very warp and woof of Western culture and civilization. Pope Benedict said that “with his life and work, St. Benedict exercised a fundamental influence on the development of European civilization and culture and helped Europe to emerge from the…
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Corpus Christi

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, the feast that celebrates the Real Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.  This is the feast that celebrates the “bodiness” of our Catholic faith: that because of the Incarnation of the Word of God in the womb of the Virgin Mary, the…
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Trinity Sunday

This weekend we celebrate the feast of the Most Holy Trinity.  This is the only feast that celebrates doctrine, that is, that celebrates the Christian understanding of God.  Every Sunday is a feast of God, in thanksgiving for what He did for us in the person of his crucified Son who made eternal life possible…
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Pentecost

Pentecost is the last great feast in the Easter cycle of feasts: Easter, Ascension and Pentecost. I have heard about parishes that bake a special cake and walk around the church singing Happy Birthday to the Church. Obviously this is something we would never do at St. Mary’s, not only because it is a sentimental…
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Ascension

At the Solemn Mass on the great feast of the Ascension we extinguished the paschal candle. This has been part of the Tradition for centuries. This is the liturgical signal that the presence of Christ has now passed into the Sacraments. The time of his bodily presence on earth is over, but his Presence in…
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