Dear Parishioners of Our Beloved St. Paul:
Christ is risen! He is truly risen! Praised be Jesus Christ and Mary His Most Holy Mother!
Mother’s Day: Today is Mother’s day. May God bless and reward all the mothers in our parish. A mother gives of herself completely to her family and very often in unnoticed and unseen ways. The only one of the Ten Commandments which has a blessing attached to it is the Fourth Commandment – Honor thy father and thy mother.
A mother is a person who receives a child into her own flesh, providing for him the stuff of his own body. And yet, the Christian mother is called to more: to receive the child in Christ’s name. So many of the saints of the Church were mothers who exemplified the beatitudes. St. Elizabeth of Portugal was a peace maker. She rode out between the warring armies of her husband and son and restored peace. St. Matilda meekly removed herself from her own home rather than stir up her son’s anger. St. Margaret Clitherow, on the eve of her brutal martyrdom, sent her shoes to her daughter with the clear message, follow my path. St. Monica relentlessly prayed her son St. Augustine into the Church. Augustine wrote in his Confessions, “She wept more for me than mothers weep over their children’s dead bodies.” May these saints who were mothers ever intercede for our dear mothers!
Please be sure to enroll your mothers in the Mother’s Day Novena of Masses.
Marian Guild Communion Breakfast: On Sunday, May 22nd, will be the Marian Guild Communion Breakfast. The members of the guild who are so devoted to the parish, will attend the 9.30 Mass. Afterwards there will be breakfast in Monsignor Costa Hall. Our guest speaker at the Communion Breakfast and celebrant of the 9.30 Mass will be His Excellency Bishop Andrzej. We thank Gina Cinelli and her board for all their devoted work and dedication.
Days of Grace: The days between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday are among the most holy of the Church’s Year of Grace. They are the days which, in fact, constituted the first novena every prayed in the Church.
The Apostles gathered with our Blessed Mother, who is also Mother of the Church, from Ascension Day until Pentecost. Our Lady consoled them on the physical absence of our Risen Savior. At the end of the nine days the Holy Spirit was poured forth upon the earth bringing it to life with warmth and grace. The Holy Spirit is the Sanctifier and renews the face of the earth.
Francisca Javiera del Vale was a Mexican laywoman who died in Mexico City during the 1950’s. After her death her profound and mystical writings were discovered. Speaking of the Holy Spirit, she wrote, You must make a firm resolution to beg the Holy Spirit to come into your soul and to live an interior life. Do not ask
how much this will cost you, but rather ask how much it is worth. This has always been the case. What is worth a lot costs a lot. And what is the effort we put into knowing ourselves. When we compare it with the great benefit that we derive from it?
Beg the Holy Spirit to come into your souls and there remain forever. Grace is the very life of God in which we share. We speak of being in the state of grace. That means we are living as friends of God and have not snuffed out his life of grace through mortal sin. Grace obviously disposes us to receive even more graces. But it also has physical effects.
The great French missionary Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre did incomparable work in bringing the native peoples of Africa to the faith. He often remarked that when a village’s people had accepted baptism there was a completely different atmosphere. The village was cleaner, more serene, less noisy, and filled with peace and order. So it is also for individuals. The life of grace brings a calm, serenity, and health. It softens the features and makes one look radiant. That is why those hardened in sin appear so unhappy and coarse. In an area where large numbers of the unbaptized live, there is a coarseness and meanness in the atmosphere.
Next Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. At the 11.00 am Mass the Sacraments of Initiation will be administered to John Gangemi. We congratulate John and his family.
Come Holy Spirit, Creator, Come
From thy bright heavenly throne!
Come, take possession of our souls,
And make them all thine own!
In Jesus and Mary,
Monsignor James F. Pereda