From the Pastor
Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost
October 14, 2018
THE HOLY ROSARY
We have entered into the month of October which in the devotional life of the Church is the month of the Most Holy Rosary of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. We may ask why is October the month of the Most Holy Rosary? The answer goes back to the year 1571.
In that year, the forces of Islam were poised to make yet another incursion into the heart of Christian Europe. The great navy of the sultan was preparing an invasion and for the long held dream of Islam, to turn the Basilica of St. Peter into a pasture where cows would graze. All of Christian Europe was in fear as the sultan’s navy was the most powerful in the world.
Under the leadership of the pope and the Christian heads of state a Christian navy was raised under the leadership of Don Juan of Austria (the natural son of Emperor Charles V) and the great Admiral Andrea Doria (after whom the ill-fated ocean liner was named). Don Juan insisted that all his sailors confess before boarding the ships, for their enterprise was not merely military; it was the Cross against the Crescent. They would be fighting for Christ.
On Sunday, October 7, 1571, the great naval battle of Lepanto was fought off the Greek coast. The Christian forces were greatly outnumbered but all the Church was praying the Holy Rosary for a great victory. The Christian forces were being decimated when suddenly the wind shifted and the sultan’s navy was destroyed upon the rocks. The great green flag with its crescent moon was captured from the flagship of the sultan by Admiral Andrea Doria. He placed it in the chapel of St. Mary Major in Rome where it may still be seen today. The pope at the time, Pope St. Pius V, saw the victory in a vision and decreed that until the end of time the Church would, in thanksgiving to Our Lady of Victory, keep the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary on the anniversary of the battle, October 7th. And thus did October become the month of the Holy Rosary.
I would encourage all of our parishioners to pray the Rosary each day. We may say we are too busy. But we may pray the Rosary while walking, driving or exercising. There is always time to pray if we really want to. After all, have we ever heard someone say I am too busy to eat that ice cream cone? We can always do what we want to do.
Our Lady will bring the true victory over ourselves. She will help us in every way. The Hail Mary will take us to heaven. Please pray the Holy Rosary.
Perhaps in your Rosary you will say a prayer for your pastor who is in such need of prayers. Please pray that I will always have the Heart of Christ.
PARISH GALA DINNER/DANCE AND CASINO NIGHT: Please save the date of Thursday, October 25th. That will be our annual Parish Gala Dinner/Dance and Casino Night. Once again, we will have the casino night provided by the M&M Twins (my good friends, Marco and Michael Posillico). This proved to be so enjoyable for the last two years year and was a great success. May I ask and invite all parishioners to attend this wonderful evening at the newly refurbished Cottage of the Milleridge Inn. Mr. Butch Yamali, the new owner of the Milleridge Inn, last year invited me to go there to bless this new endeavor. I was accompanied by the Chair of the Gala Mrs. Paula Maturo and by committee member Mrs. Anne Maione. I entered every room of the Inn to bless it and sprinkle the Holy Water in all the shops, and the cottage and carriage house. It is remarkable how this historic inn is being restored to its original splendor. Mr. Yamali is a good friend to us at St. Paul’s and I would encourage everyone to come that night and to see the refurbished Inn. It is our major fundraiser through the course of the year. This year we observe the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Church Building (May 26, 1968). We look forward to our renovation which will begin after Christmas and to a beautiful future.
THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FOURTH DEGREE: Last Sunday, October 7th, on the Columbus Day Weekend, our Grand Knight Mr. Donald Cavanaugh received the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus. Congratulations to our Grand Knight and sincere gratitude for all you and all the knights and squires do.
Vivat Jesus! Viva Cristo Rey!
In Jesus and Mary,
Monsignor James F. Pereda