Browsing the 2019 archive of Pastors Corner

Queenship of Mary

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 8/22/19

“And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.” Anyone who has ever had a bedtime story read to them, when they hear the word “kingdom” immediately imagines kings and queens, ... Read More »

Our Lady of Knock

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 8/20/19

A few years ago, a sesquicentennial Mass recalled the suffering of Ireland on the western seaboard during that decade of awful starvation in the 1840s.

Ships took away cattle and grain, and the people were left to starve. Priests often anointed as many as 40 parishioners a day with ... Read More »

The Saint of Auschwitz

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 8/14/19

Saint Maximilian Kolbe

August 14th

I am sure that for most of us who follow sports, especially when the playoffs roll around, we marvel at how certain athletes are able to step up their game so to speak to champion status.   We cannot help but marvel and respect the ... Read More »

Saint Edith Stein and the JEWISH Savior

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 8/09/19

August 9th Feast Day

“My conscience joins with the Holy Spirit in bearing me witness that I have great sorrow and constant anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred ... Read More »

The Inspiration of Saint Mary Magdalene

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 7/22/19

What must have been the incredible condition of Mary’s love that first Easter morning? It had been three days since our Lord had been laid to rest: The brutality of the scourging, the spitting, the mocking, the nailing, and the slow agonizing death on the Cross. She had seen ... Read More »

Brown Scapular Enrollment

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 7/16/19

Enrollment Mass of the Brown Scapular

Of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

When the clouds of temptation overshadow the day May the the light of Mount Carmel shine down on my way; When the long road is ending, may I go to rest With Mary's brown Scapular over my breast.

Why is this enrollment so significant in the life of a ... Read More »

Saint Maria Goretti and Youth

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 7/06/19

Has one ever really thought what it means to be filled with the Spirit of Christ? Whenever we feel that growl in our stomachs or that chalky taste in our mouths, we know it is time to fill ourselves with food and drink. In fact, it is amazing how ... Read More »

First Commandent and July 4th

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 7/02/19

Founding Father John Adams had the right idea. When he wrote a letter to his wife on July 3, 1776, he described how future generations of Americans ought to celebrate our nation's Independence Day. He called for "Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations ... Read More »

Holy Trinity

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 6/15/19

“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” Have you ever wondered why there is even a world to begin with, or perhaps even a you and I right now? Was ... Read More »

The True Independence Day

Posted by Fr Peter Cipriani on 4/21/19

The other day I happened to catch for about the 100th time…the movie Independence Day:

The film focuses on diverse groups of people who converge in the Nevada desert in the aftermath of a worldwide attack by a hostile alien race. With the other people of the world, they ... Read More »