Pastor’s Weekly Letter

June 12, 2018

Letter From the Pastor – June 10, 2018

          There is a sense in which every area of life places upon us a category of demands, a minimum set of duties which we are required to meet. An employee is expected to show up for work at a particular time, remain on the job a certain number of hours, and do certain things while he is there. To meet these demands is his duty. He’s expected to perform at least at this level.           The same thing is true of family life. To be a father or a mother, a […]
June 1, 2018

Letter From the Pastor – June 3, 2018

Every wife, mother, or whoever happens to have the responsibility knows that there are two ways to clean house.  One is routine and regular; the other is major and seldom.  In the first, you sweep the floors, vacuum the carpets, wash the dishes, make the beds, scrub the bathrooms, and dust the furniture.   The second way includes all of the above but goes a bit further.  You also move the furniture in order to get at the dirt that has accumulated under and behind.  You clean out the refrigerator and throw away all of the moldy food.  You rearrange the […]
May 25, 2018

Letter From the Pastor – May 27, 2018

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.  […]
May 22, 2018

Letter From the Pastor – May 20, 2018

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. […]
May 11, 2018

Letter From the Pastor – May 13, 2018

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 […]