Yesterday, May 26, several young men from St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, Yonkers, were ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of New York. Our best wishes and prayers go with them as they begin their new ministry in the name of the Lord. Hopefully we here at Annunciation – Our Lady of Fatima pray fervently today and every day for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, deaconate and religious life. Our Holy Father makes a special point of the truth that the local parish community and, in fact, each and every family ought to be the source of vocations. […]
Do you think that superﬁcial optimism and unbounded encouragement are counter-productive? Well-intentioned but misguided friends often increase the pain they originally came to erase. Much too often someone mouths much too easily: “Well, it’s God’s will” or “Time heals everything.” How is one to deal with the queson, “Will everything turn out all right?” We Catholics ought to be the genuine realists in this world. Often, we are not. We are victimized, it seems, by that shallow optimism which is portrayed in the media and which wants everything to be all right. So, we simply act as if it is. […]
A few years ago, I heard the story of an exceptional woman. I thought it would be appropriate to repeat it for you this weekend. Her husband was a stroke victim, paralyzed and bedridden. She had three small school-aged children and another in her arms. She worked to support her family. After work, she rushed home to cook, wash, scrub and care for her husband and children. Surprisingly, she had a faint smile on her face as she told her story. “It’s God’s will,” she said. There were no tears. She reminded me of the poet Wadsworth’s words about an oak […]
Today is a Holy Day. In addition to our regular morning masses at 6:45 am at Annunciation and 9 am in both churches, we will also have a 10am Mass at Annunciation (schoolchildren will be present) and a 7:30 pm Mass at Our Lady of Fatima. There will be a Vigil Mass at 7:30 pm on Wednesday evening, May 9th, at Annunciation.