Saint Mary Grand


First NY Church Dedicated to Mary, Founded in 1826

Bulletin 6.5.22

Pentecost Sunday

“How does each of us hear them in his native language?” is the marvel that the many assembled witnessed when the Holy Spirt granted to humanity the healing of Babel. That each must tell their own story in their own tongue has been transformed to this universal story that everyone hears in a meaning that you can only access in your native tongue. Even the difference between “lengua nativa” in Spanish with “idioma” the common work for language seperates the word from the meaning of the word. Pentecost unites these…

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Bulletin 5.22.22

Sixth Sunday of Easter

First Holy Communion coincides with the birth of conscience for young people. Our conscience seeks to communicate in Jesus with the Father. We pray in our Eucharistic Prayers that the faithfully departed will behold the face of God as the fulness of living in God and it prepares us to receive the body of Christ. We pray that these children begin this path to holiness to live heaven in their earthly lives. We become what we do.

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Bulletin 5.15.22

Fifth Sunday of Easter

This week I have written a poem called “Woke Robin” that Doug Balliett is putting to music at the noon mass. The poem is based on Revelations 21, a favorite passage of mine, the second reading of the mass today, that I often have the groom in a wedding read to welcome the bride. “Revelation” as such simply means “lifting the veil.” Marriage was typically the first time that the groom would meet his bride…

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Bulletin 4.24.22

Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday

We are happy to announce that a former parishioner of St. Mary’s Parish Mr. Richard Ferreira has been called to the priesthood. The Most Reverend James F. Checchio, Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen, to the Order of Diaconate will ordain him on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi in Metuchen, New Jersey.
We pray that God will grant him the grace to accept whatever challenges, disappointments and acceptances that come his way. God Bless him always!

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4.10.22 Bulletin

Palm Sunday

“Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion” – Palms signify “witnessing” to Christians. In Luke’s Gospel Jesus refers to himself at the “Son of Man” three times, identifying himself with us. Unbelievers ask if He is the “Son of God.” Disciples call him “Lord. “ In trial he is examined if he is the “Christ” of God or the king of the Jews. Jesus is spoken in narrative form 10 times and only once by name from the good thief. We witness, therefore, with our palms that he is “Lord.” But in mercy we call out to him using his holy name Jesus…

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4.3.22 Bulletin

Fifth Sunday of Lent

“All will be well” is a mantra from Julian of Norwich, an English mystic, that T. S. Eliot invokes in Little Gidding, the fourth of the Four Quartets poems written in England during the darkest days of WWII in 1942. “We will not cease from exploration/ And the end of all our exploring/ Will be to arrive where we started/ And know the place for the first time.” are the famous lines of the poem that invokes the fire of the Spirit that came onto the church at Pentecost…

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