Praised be Jesus Christ and Mary His Most Holy Mother! Once again, may I express my sincere gratitude to all of you for your extraordinary kindness both to St. Paul the Apostle parish and to me. May God reward each and every one of you for your goodness in giving of your time, treasure and talent. I am very humbled to serve as the pastor of such a wonderful parish.
This week we turn our thoughts to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, the All-Holy and Immaculate Mother of God, who’s Assumption we will celebrate on Saturday of this week.
Because the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary falls on a Saturday this year it is not a Holyday of Obligation. The Holy Mass will be on Saturday morning at 9.00AM in the Church.
The Assumption of Our Lady is both the most ancient and the principle Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It celebrates the wondrous mystery that at the end of her earthly life Our Lady was taken Body and Soul into Heaven.
Many of our parishioners have visited the tombs of the saints. Here in our beloved country we may visit the tomb of Mother Cabrini in upper Manhattan. We may visit the tomb of St John Neumann at the Church of St. Peter at the corner 5th Street and Gerard Street in Philadelphia; we may visit the tomb of St. Elizabeth Anne Seton in Emmetsburg, Maryland. But no matter how many times we may circle the globe we will never find the tomb of the Virgin Mary. We, who are believers, know why that is the case. It is because there is no tomb nor has there ever been a place that has claimed to have her body! She was taken body and soul to heaven. Three is no tomb.
Make every effort to attend Holy Mass and to offer a special gift of love to Our Lady. In many places there is the custom to fast from August 1st until August 15th . This is called Our Lady’s Lent. May God bless you.
Sincere gratitude to all of our parishioners who put so much hard work and effort into the Center Stage production of Annie, Get Your Gun. May God bless you and May the Virgin Mary bless us with her Divine Child.
Parish Picnic: Please see the bulletin for information concerning our parish picnic. It will be on September 12, 2015. I am grateful to Jesse Cromer and his committee for all their hard work in this effort. Please consider assisting in this great parish enterprise. Price of admission will be one item for our food pantry on the part of each attending family.
Gala: We are now in the midst of planning for our annual parish Gala Dinner Dance. As always, I am most grateful to Mrs. Paula Maturo and her dedicated committee who plan this wonderful event. This event is the major fundraiser for our parish. Please see the bulletin for details. The parish gala will be on Friday
October 30th. It will be a Dinner Dance at the Milleridge Inn Cottage and its theme will be Casino Night. Our friends the M&M Twins (Marco and Michael Posillico, whom I have known for 25 years) will present a wonderful evening of entertainment. St. Paul’s depends on this fundraiser. It is my fond hope that many parishioners will come together for this fundraiser so that we may continue to exist as a viable and vibrant parish.Tickets for Papal Events: At present we have no information about the tickets for events during the Apostolic Visit of the Pope to the United States of America in September. These tickets will naturally be limited and they will be free of cost (The Governor has been announcing this to the media as though he were hosting the Pope). As soon as we have information about this, it will be made known. The Archdiocese of New York is hosting the papal visit and therefore the majority of tickets (only 20,000) for the Papal Mass at MSG will be for their use. I personally do not expect that tickets will be available. If and when they are available, this will be made known. Please do not inquire at the Parish Office about these events. We have no information at present and may never have any.
Nos cum prole pia, Benedicat Virgo Maria!
In Jesus and Mary,
Monsignor James F. Pereda