October 27, 2019
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King (EF)
Dear Parishioners of St. Paul, Family, and Friends:
My House shall be called a house of prayer;
in it everyone who asks shall receive,
and who seeks shall find,
and to him who knocks it shall be opened.
In the infinite Mercy and Grace of God we have all come to this joyous day, so long awaited and for which we have all so long prayed and sacrificed. This is the Day of the Blessing of the newly Renovated Church and Consecration of the new Baptismal Font by His Excellency Bishop Barres, who honors us with his presence today.
It is said by the saints and doctors of the Church, that Memory is the Consolation that God gives to those who live in time. Today is a day of memory and consolation. We remember the glorious history of our parish (now 57 years old), the sacrifices of our first parishioners, the building of the noble Church 51 years ago. We remember the priests and religious who have served so selflessly in this place. But most of all we remember our parishioners.
Last week I received a letter from a founding parishioner who wrote that from the day she attended the meeting in the Jericho Fire House with Father Potterton and many others, she knew she belonged to St. Paul’s. And so do we all. The Church is not the address on the street; the Church is our Mother and we children belong to Her. The spirit of our Parish has always been one of sacrifice from the very beginning even to this day. Sacrifice built our Church 51 years ago, and sacrifice has restored and renewed it. But this is principally a work of God’s grace and the never-failing intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To paraphrase the prayer when the wine and water are mixed at Mass we may say: O God who wondrously created our noble Church, and even more wondrously restored it, grant that all who enter here may be made partakers of His Divinity who humbles Himself to share our humanity.
As Our Lord once said to Zacchaeus, who had climbed a tree to see Him, Zacchaeus, come down from that tree, for I mean to stay with you today., so now He says the same to us. He will stay with us and do our hearts not burn when we see the red lamp shine forth to remind us of His continual presence with us in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar? Do our hearts not burn when we enter the Guadalupe Chapel and hear once more the consoling words of Our Lady first spoken on December 9, 1531 to St. Juan Diego, Am I not here who am your Mother? What do you want my children?
There are so many that must be thanked for allowing this day to happen, but they are too numerous to mention. May God bless and reward every one of them.
In closing I once more turn to the wise words of my favorite saint, St. Philip Neri:
We have finished our project; but the time
To do good is not finished yet. Well!
When shall we have a mind to begin to do good?
ALL SAINTS DAY: We remind you that Friday of this week is the Solemnity of All Saints, a Holy Day of Obligation. See elsewhere in this bulletin the times of the Masses. This month we will not have the usual First Friday Adoration due to the Holyday. We will resume the First Friday Adoration on the First Friday of next month, December 6, 2019, the Feast of St. Nicholas.
ALL SOULS DAY: Saturday of this week is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, also known as All Souls Day. Mass will be celebrated for our deceased parishioners, especially for all who have died during the past year at 9.00AM. This will also serve as the First Saturday Mass.
MASS MANNERS: Many may recall that I wrote a few thoughts each week instructing our parishioners about proper behavior and decorum in the Hose of God. I have not written this little column for a few years, but today I must bring your attention to something that ordinarily would not have to be spoken about, for it is a matter that speaks for itself.
We have just completed a renovation of the Church. It has been painted and cleaned. The pews have been completely refurbished. In the cleaning and refurbishing of the pews which was done by the Keck Company in Middletown, New York, Mr. Keck told me the pews were soiled by much chewing gum. May I please beg you to keep the House of God clean. Please do not eat or drink in the Church. Please try to keep YOUR Church clean. Do not put gum under the pews. Some may have noticed we have upholstered cushions on the pew seats. Please keep them clean. Dear parents, please help your poor pastor. Do not give your children cheerios, candy, bagels, etc. to eat during the Mass. When I was a child, such a matter would not even have to be mentioned, but we live in a millennial world! I thank you in advance for cooperating with this request.
In Jesus and Mary,
James F. Pereda
Reverend Monsignor James F. Pereda, J.C.D.