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. I am so grateful for all those who have donated all the memorials for which we have asked. May God reward them and, be
assured, that in the future I will be relying on your generosity always first for the House of God.
Two weeks ago we considered a daily plan for our growth in sanctity. This week I would like to write of our weekly plan so that we may all grow closer to the Good God who has so loved us. Next week I will write about our monthly plan.
May I propose the following weekly program that we may all try to fulfill. Each Sunday is the Lord’s Day. We should try to center all our activities around participation in Holy Mass. It is also a family day – for rest and spiritual growth. It is a day that should be different from all the rest. Many may recall the days when even the Daily News recognized the importance of Sunday. It was called the Sunday News and came with those wonderful comics that some may recall. Sadly, the spirit of the world has forgotten Sunday. (Now the Sunday paper is simply the daily paper but on a Sunday). In our frenetic search for activity and recreation we have over stimulated the spirit. That is why so many are restless and agitated. Sunday is a day of rest both in the natural and supernatural order. We must make Sunday special again.
We should try to receive Holy Communion on each Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation.
Saturday is traditionally the day of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. We should try to honor her in a special way by some act of love toward her like reciting the Hail Holy Queen.
Since I came to St. Paul two months ago I can see the wonderful love and devotion of the faithful. This certainly indicates thezealous priests who have served this parish in the past and your own wonderful faith.
I have been inspired at the beautiful family spirit exemplified each week as so many families and individuals visit after Holy Mass and enjoy one another’s company. Our beautiful church plaza and grounds certainly add to that ability to speak with fellow parishioners. When Bishop Murphy told me upon my appointment that the parish property consists of 33 acres, I immediately thought that is one acre for each year in Our Lord’s earthly life. That is a wonderful sign of God’s will for our
parish, is it not? We are to be Christ to one another.
But we must always remember that the Church is the House of God. In Church, as St. Dominic tells us, we either speak to God or about God. That is why it is so important that we do not gather in groups throughout the Church talking after Mass.
(This is always done in good faith, never in malice). As you know, many remain in Church after Mass to have a loving conversation with Our Lord and His Blessed Mother. How wonderful it is that amidst the noise of the world we may enter into the Church and there in quiet, peace, calm and serenity we may escape the noise and nourish our souls. That is why the quiet of the Church is a sign of God’s presence as we see the Tabernacle lamp spend itself completely as it burns in an act of oblation to Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
May I call your attention to our new parish website which is still under construction, www.stpaulsbrookville.org The former website was www.stpaulbrookville.com Please note the new website is stpauls while the former was stpaul. The new one is .org and the former was .com. It is my hope that it will be a tool to help us all become the saints God wishes us to be as well as a tool of evangelization. We are grateful to a young parishioner (and one of our squires) Paul Kozhipatt who is doingthe IT work for us.
May God bless each and every one of you. Nos cum prole pia, Benedicat Virgo Maria! (May the Virgin Mary bless us with her Divine Child).
Monsignor James F. Pereda