June 6, 2021

Now that we have completed our tour of the Introductory Rites of the Mass (Greeting, Penitential Act, Gloria, Opening Prayer or Collect) we now turn for the next few weeks to the Liturgy of the Word. Introductory remarks about the Bible and book production. The Bible is more accurately thought of as a library, rather […]

May 30, 2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Last week, in our continuing tour of the Mass, we completed our discussion of the Penitential Act, and began our discussion of the Gloria. I will pick up from there. Gloria, continued: The Gloria was used for personal prayer at least as early as 375 A.D., and possibly earlier. (This is very early, considering […]

Pastor’s Desk May 23, 2021

My Dear Parisihioners, Last week, in our continuing tour of the Mass, we discussed the Greeting, the Penitential Act, the Confiteor and began with an explanation of the Kyrie. I will complete that, as well as the second and third options for the Penitential Act. I will also begin, but not finish, comments on the […]

May 9, 2021 Mother’ s Day

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Two weeks ago, I began my informal “tour” of the Mass with the development of the entrance procession, and described the normal order of the procession, beginning with the thurifer (incense-bearer) and ending with the clergy celebrant. Last week, I continued the discussion of incense with the huge swinging thurible (censer) in […]

May 9, 2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Two weeks ago, I began my informal “tour” of the Mass with the development of the entrance procession, and described the normal order of the procession, beginning with the thurifer (incense-bearer) and ending with the clergy celebrant. Last week, I continued the discussion of incense with the huge swinging thurible (censer) in […]

May 2, 2021

My Dear Parishioners, Last week, I began my general pastoral explanation of the Mass with the purpose and order of the entrance procession: Incense, cross, candles, deacon with Book of the Gospels, clergy, presiding celebrant. One of the most colossal examples of a thurible (“incense burner”) is the “Botafumeiro” (literally, “smoke expeller”) hanging in the […]

Pastor’s Desk–4/25/2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners– Over the next several weeks– or however long it takes– I would like to do something I’ve been thinking about for some time, which is to provide a general outline and explanation of certain features of the Mass. For many of us “cradle Catholics,” there are some things we learned long ago […]

April 11th

Dear Fellow Parishioners, At the risk of leaving someone out, I would like to thank the many members of our parish community who each played their part in making our first celebration of Easter in two years a memorable and beautiful one. Our Flower Committee plans Easter, weeks in advance and swings into action on […]

Easter 2021

——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Dear Fellow Parishioners, First, I would like to thank all those who helped prepare and celebrate Palm Sunday. As on most any other Sunday, we had six Masses with six different musical settings. Even in a simplified form, it still takes a small army of people to prepare the palms and make it all […]

March 25, 2021 From Our Pastor

Holy Week is now upon us. Lent, and Holy Week in particular, resonate deeply with nearly all of us. The Lenten symbols and practices (Friday abstinence, Stations of the Cross, abstaining from reciting the Gloria or speaking “Alleluia” in the church, etc.) are imprinted in our hearts. One of the most memorable customs I remember […]