June 19, 2016
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – Twelfth Sunday Throughout the Year
The Fourth Commandment
Dear Parishioners of Our Beloved St. Paul:
Praised be Jesus Christ, and Mary, His Most Holy Mother!
From my grandfather I learned good morals and how to govern my temper.
From my father I learned modesty and manly character.
From my mother piety and beneficence…and a simple way of living.
Thus wrote the great Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in his book Meditations. In ancient Roman society the elderly were held in the highest veneration. Respect for the elderly is still embedded in every culture, and that is all the more the case when the elderly are our parents. And so should it be with all of us.
When Moses returned from Sinai’s height he brought with him the Ten Commandments. These had been given to him by God himself. Of all the Ten Commandments only one has a blessing attached to it – the fourth commandment which is honor thy father and thy mother.
This commandment of God is the sweetest of the commandments because it commands us to do something toward which our nature is ordered. We honor our parents by always doing their will on earth and seeing that they depart this world with Christian burial. We continue to honor them when we have Masses offered for them.
Yes, we owe our parents everything and we will be blessed by God if we fulfill the precepts of the fourth commandment.
A Blessed Fathers’ Day.
PEWS: Please take a look at the last pew in the “pie” section near Our Lady’s altar. It has recently been restored by the Keck Group. The Keck Group is the premiere company in the United States for pew restoration. They recently renovated all the pews at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue in New York. They also just completed the pew renovation at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. The company is located in nearby Middletown New York. Bob Keck, the owner of the company, and his son Terry have visited St. Paul’s twice.
The pews of the Church are made of exceptional quality oak. Sadly in modern furniture making it is the custom to cut the trees while they are young, so as to turn a quick profit. This does not allow the trees to mature and thus show the fine grain that we associate with good quality wood of which the pews in our Church are made of, old wood, with beautiful grain and of exceptionally good quality. Such pews would be irreplaceable today. That is why we are restoring them to their natural beauty.
Over the years there has naturally been wear and tear on the pews and kneelers. Because of deferred maintenance in some places the material of the pews cannot even be recognized as wood. As can be seen in the restored pew, the wood now shows its natural beauty. It is smooth to the touch and very beautiful. The kneelers are covered in cloth, since, as we know, vinyl rips and wears very easily.
Please notice the pew and then it will be obvious how much more beautiful the Church will look when all the pews are restored to their natural beauty.
In Jesus and Mary,
Monsignor James F. Pereda