Pastor's Blog - July 5, 2020

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

News and Notes:

Happy Feast Day (the actual day is July 6) to all our St. Maria Goretti Church members.  St. Maria was born of a poor family at Corinaldi, Italy, in 1890.  She spent a difficult childhood near Nettuno assisting her mother in domestic duties.  She was a pious young woman who spent much of her time praying.  In 1902 she was stabbed to death, preferring to die rather than violate her chastity.  At St. Maria’s canonization ceremony in 1950, Pope Pius XII said the following:  “It is well known how this young girl had to face a bitter struggle with no way to defend herself.  Without warning a vicious stranger burst upon her, bent on raping her and destroying her childlike purity…with splendid courage she surrendered herself to God and his grace and so gave her life to protect her virginity.”  Here is the collect prayer in the Roman Missal for the feast of St. Maria Goretti:  “O God, author of innocence and lover of chastity, who bestowed the grace of martyrdom on your handmaid, the Virgin Saint Maria Goretti, in her youth, grant, we pray, through her intercession, that, as you gave her a crown for her steadfastness, we, too may be firm in obeying your commandments…through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.  Amen.”  We are very blessed to have two holy women, our Blessed Mother and St. Maria Goretti as our two church patronesses in our newly merged parish---which is temporarily named St. Maria Goretti-Our Lady of the Assumption Parish until we recommend 3 names to Cardinal Sean O’Malley and he chooses a permanent name for our single parish with two worship sites.  Your suggestions for a new parish name are welcome until August 1.

Happy Independence Day weekend to all of you!