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Vatican Corner 03-07-2021

Pope Francis will be visiting Iraq from March 5th through 8th, 2021. It will be the first time apope has visited the biblical land of Iraq and it will be Francis’ first return to jet plane travel since November 2019 when the global pandemic stopped his visits. Iraq is...

Pastor’s Desk 03-07-2021

On Sunday morning February 21st I was informed by our Music Director, Ariel Mayormita, that on Saturday evening Ms. Luzviminda Bermudez had fallen down in her house and was rushed to hospital and was undergoing treatment. During the Sunday mass, special prayers were...

Vatican Corner 02-28-2021

But the partnership of Cardinal Pell and Pope Francis as financial reformers fell apart soon after it began, and even before the sexual abuse charges against Pell caused him to return to his native Australia. Pell wanted to eliminate corruption, maximize profit,...

Pastor’s Desk 02-28-2021

Dr. Peggy Hartshorn, president of Heartbeat International, tells a dramatic story about a woman who glimpsed the mystery of her unborn child. The young woman was seeking an abortion. She simply could not handle having a baby at this time. But she agreed to an...

Vatican Corner 02-21-2021

The 25 U.S. regulatory specialists who were brought in to examine the accounts of the Vatican Bank in 2013 uncovered poor procedures for checking information, inadequate documentation, and a complex system of proxies that hid who really controlled many accounts. Two...

Pastor’s Desk 02-21-2021

An Arab fable tells of a miller who was startled by seeing a camel’s nose thrust in at the door of  the tent where he was sleeping. “It’s very cold outside,” said the camel, “I only want to get my nose in.” The nose was allowed in, then the neck, finally the whole...

Vatican Corner 02-14-2021

The Vatican Bank or (IOR) is a comparatively recent institution, but its roots can be traced back to 1887 when Pope Leo XIII would keep the gold coins of the Vatican’s operating capital in a trunk under his bed. Today this private Bank’s customers are mostly all part...

Pastor’s Desk 02-14-2021

In India, the low caste people were untouchables for high caste Hindus. Until the Civil Rights Movement, African-American heritage was such a social disability in the U. S. that white shopkeepers would slap a black customer’s change on the counter to keep from...

Vatican Corner 02-07-2021

The Vatican’s Institute of Works for Religion (IOR) also known as the Vatican Bank is a private bank in Vatican City. It is located in a medieval tower that once was a dungeon. At the entrance you are checked by two Swiss Guards, pass through a two-door security kiosk...

Pastor’s Desk 02-07-2021

There is an old and funny little anecdote that goes something like this. An elderly man who was quite ill said to his wife, "You know, Sarah, you’ve always been with me – through the good and the bad. Like the time I lost my job – you were right there by my side. And...

Vatican Corner 01-31-2021

On January 23, 2021, the Vigil of the Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers and journalists, Pope Francis issued a new warning about misinformation being spread on social media. He wrote that “we have known for some time that news and even...

Pastor’s Desk 01-31-2021

Soon after Al Smith was elected to his first term as governor of New York, he made an inspection tour of the state prison, "Sing Sing." After Smith had toured the plant, the warden explained that prison morale was low and he asked the governor to speak some...

Vatican Corner 01-24-2021

The Vatican announced on January 13, 2021 that Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI have received their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and that the Vatican’s program of vaccinations has begun. The program is entirely voluntary and the vaccine being offered...

Pastor’s Desk 01-24-2021

On last Saturday early morning (January 16th) I was informed that Mrs. Maria Silva wife of Fernando Silva had passed away. The immediate thought that came to my mind was, ‘What a great loss to our parish.’ Yes, indeed, she was one of the great pillars of our church....

Vatican Corner 01-17-2021

The Virgin Mary our Blessed Mother has had a special presence in the Americas for over five hundred years. Christopher Columbus named his flagship the Santa Maria. The Spanish and French missionaries, who came along with the explorers introduced Mary to the native...

Pastor’s Desk 01-17-2021

One day Francis of Assisi invited one of the young friars to join him on a trip into town to preach. The young friar was so honored at receiving such an invitation from St. Francis that he quickly accepted. They paused beneath a tree and Francis stooped to return a...