Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Dear Parishioners of Our Beloved St. Paul:
Praised be Jesus Christ and Mary His Most Holy Mother! This week I wish to write about several of the feasts of Our Blessed Mother that are kept in September and about other items concerning our parish.
On Friday September 8th we keep the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, nine months to the day after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The birth of Our Lady was the dawn of our salvation, for St. Ann gave birth to that One who would be the Mother of God. On Tuesday September 12th we keep the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary.
The Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary is an historical feast, i.e., it celebrates an historical event in the life of the Church. On September 12, 1683, the Turks were poised to invade Vienna, the very heart of Christian Europe, and to impose Islam on the Holy Roman Empire. The faithful of the City prayed for the protection of the Holy Virgin and at the great battle of Vienna, the Christian forces were victorious over the Turks. This was due in large part to the intervention of the Polish King John Sublieski, the maternal grandfather of the martyred King Louis XVI of France. In celebration of the victory, the Viennese bakers baked the bread the next day in the shape of the crescent moon, the symbol of Islam, to show that the Turks were broken as bread is broken. The French name for crescent is croissant, and thus was born the famous breakfast bread eaten in Catholic nations. The Turks fled so quickly that they left bags of Arabica coffee beans in their camps. The coffee was discovered by the Viennese and thus began the great custom in Vienna of drinking coffee (sometimes with the wonderful chocolate cake called the sachretort!)
On September 15th we keep the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows as we recall Our Lady’s standing at the Cross of Our Lord and on September 24th we keep the Feast of Our Lady of Ransom or Our Lady of Mercy. Our Blessed Mother is that Inexhaustible Cup which satisfies every desire of the human heart. Go to Her on Her Feastdays and seek her never-failing protection.
Parish Picnic: Please be sure to attend the parish Picnic this year. It is on Saturday September 15h. The Mass that afternoon will be at 4.00PM (instead of the usual 5.00PM).
The picnic is a family celebration where we may all gather together. Please bring a dessert to the picnic as a gift for all our parishioners. I have every confidence it will be good weather that day because it is the same day that the Little Sisters of the Poor will have their Garden Party in Queens Village. I am most grateful to Louise Shannon and Adrianna Milana for serving as co-chairs of the picnic this year. We all remember Mr. Jack Shannon who served so faithfully at the picnic each year. In our mind’s eye we see him standing at the grill cooking delicious beans. He looks at us now from eternity. Jack, along with Louise, received the Sr. Regina Kraft Award at our First Annual Golf Outing.
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, along with the Golf Outing, is a major fundraiser for our parish. Please see the bulletin for details. The parish gala will be on Thursday October 25th. It will be a Dinner and Casino Night at the Milleridge Inn Cottage and it will be the official observance of the 50th anniversary of the building of and dedication of the Church. The parish was established on June 27, 1962 and the Church was dedicated on May 26, 1968. 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.
A Blessed Labor Day to All and we pray for our nation and all who have died on September 11, 2001, and the wars which followed it.
CENTERSTAGE: We are most grateful to Mr. Christopher Black the producer of this year’s Centerstage. Centerstage has been part of our parish for 37 years. This year a lovely evening was presented which was The Best of Centerstage. The production was a great success and brought together many parishioners in a wonderful family spirit. The Dinner Theater was also reintroduced which was most enjoyable. The production netted over $7,000 for the parish for which we are grateful. In the spirit of our parish family, it would have been just as a success if only 7 cents was raised. May God bless the Centerstage and may it be with us another 37 years.
As the summer ends, let us keep in mind the beautiful words of my favorite saint, St. Philip Neri.
The hour is finished – we may say the same of the year; but the time to do good is not finished yet.
In Jesus and Mary,
Monsignor James F. Pereda