Pastor's Blog - August 16, 2020

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

News and Notes:

For the last two months we have invited our parishioners to nominate names for our recently merged parish, keeping in mind the names and traditions of our two churches, and the need to select a parish name that is not widely used in the Archdiocese.  In that span of time, our parishioners submitted over 60 names, a very impressive show of interest and support, to say the least.  

A subcommittee of our Parish Pastoral Council, chaired by our recently retired Director of Parish Ministries Donna Delahanty and comprised of two members from each church (John DiBello and Patty Glennon from SMG, and John Lozada and Eric Rich from OLA), reviewed these nominations and chose 6 of these names to recommend to me. Cardinal Sean asked for 3 suggested names from which he would make the choice, so I sent him the 3 names I thought he was most likely to make the selection.  On the afternoon of August 3, I heard that Cardinal Sean enthusiastically chose "Ave Maria" as the new name of our parish, a name that celebrates the greeting of the Archangel Gabriel to our Blessed Mother at the Annunciation, and incorporates the Latin translation (Maria) of the name of Mary.  So Hail Mary and Maria!

I am grateful to the parishioners of our parish for their thoughtful contributions to this process, our PPC members for their work, and Cardinal Sean for his swift decision on the new name of our parish.  As I have said many times, both churches will retain their current names as we begin our journey as Ave Maria Parish.

Blessings to you in the week ahead!