Category Archives: From the Pastor

Columbus Day

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…
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The St. Augustine Medal

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…
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Visit from Bishop Schneider

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…
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Encouraging Words from Cardinal Sarah

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…
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The Special Mission of St. Mary’s Church

This past Tuesday we began the regular celebration of the Traditional Mass (Extraordinary Form) at the daily Mass at 7:30 a.m. For me this was a moving event in so many ways. There is a straight line from when Fr. Markey introduced Solemn Mass in the parish over seven years ago to making the Traditional…
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The Bells of St. Mary’s

We are very fortunate to have a real bell in our steeple that actually functions, thanks to one of our parishioners, Gerhard Hutter. Probably the original function of the steeple bell was to announce the beginning of Mass or Vespers to the townspeople. St. Paulinus of Nola in the fourth century is credited with first…
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Our Patronal Festival

I want to thank everyone who helped making the celebration of our patronal festival so beautiful and so joyous. Bishop Caggiano was genuinely pleased to be with us once again. The Mass was splendid with Mozart's Sparrow Mass as the setting. And who could have a dry eye after hearing the Laudate Dominum after Communion? Such perfect weather for our…
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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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