On Thursday, September 20, 2018 we will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of St. Padre Pio (1887-1968) receiving the stigmata of Jesus Christ.
The stigmata are the wounds of Christ—in his hands, in his feet and in his side—which he experienced in his passion, crucifixion and death. Certain saints in the history of the Church have been given the gift of the stigmata as a special sign of their union with the Crucified Christ.
As a Capuchin Friar, St. Pio was a son of St. Francis of Assisi (1181/1182-1226) who also received and lived his life with the stigmata. St. Pio’s stigmata showed how he lived the Passion and Crucifixion of Christ in a mystical way.
His wounds helped him to understand the cosmic power of the Catholic Mass, the unbloody renewal of Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary and the relationship between a holy living of the priesthood and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
His wounds helped him to be a Doctor of Mercy in the confessional and a Doctor of Mercy for those who had experienced all types of trauma in life. St. Pio’s wounds gave him a unique understanding of how to heal the wounds of the Church throughout history.
During these painful and traumatic moments for our Church, we ask St. Padre Pio’s intercession to help heal the wounds of the Church in our time.
FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT, WE THANK YOU FOR THE HOLY WITNESS OF YOUR PRIEST, SAINT PADRE PIO, AND THE GIFT OF THE STIGMATA THAT YOU GAVE HIM.
WE ASK THROUGH ST. PIO’S INTERCESSION THAT THE WOUNDS AND TRAUMAS OF SURVIVORS OF ABUSE AND THE WOUNDS OF THE ENTIRE CHURCH MAY BE TOUCHED BY THE GLORIFIED WOUNDS OF THE RISEN CHRIST. WE ASK THIS THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD. AMEN.
This past weekend (Sept. 15th & 16th), St. Paul the Apostle was truly the place to be. We had our annual Parish Picnic on Saturday evening, the Blessing of Catechists at the 9:30am Sunday Mass and the combined St. Paul the Apostle and St. Edward the Confessor Pre-Cana Weekend for 12 engaged couples facilitated by 5 extremely gifted married couples from the two Parishes. The Pre-Cana weekend concluded fittingly at the 11:00AM Mass with Fr. Mike Maffeo, the Pastor of St. Edward’s, as our homilist.
In my 18 months here, I have never witnessed so many ministries, organizations, staff members and Parishioner volunteers of every age come together to make each of these events a huge success.
A parish is much more than a building and its geographical boundaries; a Parish is people coming together, working with one another for one another to be the presence of Christ. That is exactly what occurred this past weekend. People came together, offered their time, treasure and talents for the benefit of others all in the name of God and in thanksgiving for His many blessings.
Our heartfelt gratitude to Louise Shannon and Adriana Milana, our Picnic chairs, our Knights and Squires, our Faith Formation Team, our Confirmation candidates, our staff and every one of the volunteers who came out over the weekend, gave of themselves and were the light of Christ to our Parish and beyond.
We are also grateful to all our Parishioners who attended the Picnic and were with us at the Masses to celebrate and be a part of all the events. We were a Parish at its BEST!
Peace & good always,