Pastor’s Weekly Letter

June 4, 2021

Letter From the Pastor – June 6, 2021

     One of the most difficult questions that any of us ever face is “Why?”  And we face it repeatedly.  Life is fraught with mystery.  Everywhere the question “why” raises its head.  Why war?  Why poverty?  Why disease?  Why earthquakes?  Why floods?  Why human suffering and heartbreak?  All of these are questions to which we do not have an answer.  So far as I know, nobody does.  So instead of speculating about “Why,” let us reflect upon why we do not understand.      One reason we have trouble understanding is because God’s timetable is different from ours.  We […]
May 27, 2021

Letter From the Pastor – May 30, 2021

                Yesterday, May 29th, several men from St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers were ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of New York and four for the CFR.  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 and religious life.  Our Holy Father makes a special point of the truth that the local parish community and, in […]
May 21, 2021

Letter From the Pastor – May 23, 2021

Christians of practically all the major denominations accept the Nicene Creed as a valid profession of their faith.  Those who recite this creed in their Sunday worship service, as we Catholics do, will easily remember that in it we profess our faith in “one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.”  Not only the Church itself, but also its unity, its holiness, its catholicity, and its apostolicity are the  objects of our faith. In other words, we believe that the church is not a merely human organization, and therefore subject to inevitable decay and dissolution, like the great empires of world history; […]
May 13, 2021

Letter From the Pastor – May 16, 2021

                The early Church fathers compiled a list of what they called “the seven deadly sins.”  Number one on that list was the sin of pride.  I doubt that you and I would have done it that way.  We may recognize that pride is indeed a sin, but most of us would not think of it as the first and worst of the deadly sins.  I can think of at least three sins that most of us consider to be more serious than the sin of pride – murder, adultery, and stealing.                 […]
May 7, 2021

Letter From the Pastor – May 9, 2021

                There is a proverb that says, “Be careful, my child, what you want, for you shall surely get it.”  That is an overstatement, but it is the overstatement of a truth.  Within the bounds of reason, you and I do tend to get from life those things that we really want, because we go after them.  We pay the price that it takes to get them.                  The challenge remains for each of us to apply this searching test to his or her life.  It is one thing, and a rather easy […]