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St. Mary, Mother of the Church

A Message from Father David

Dear Family of St. Mary, Mother of the Church Parish,

I ask God to abundantly bless you all in this new year.  Let us live in the hope that, at some point, all will return to “the old normal.”  The so-called “new normal” is contrary to what is healthy for us physically, mentally, and spiritually.  Our Good Lord does not want us to live in fear.

After a brief period of Ordinary Time, we will be entering the Season of Lent (February 17-Ash Wednesday). Holy Mother Church gives us a time of prayer and penance that we may grow in a deeper understanding of our faith and to grow in holiness.  I ask God to bless you all with the graces necessary for much spiritual growth in the weeks ahead.

We will once again be offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass ad orientem.  It seems that folks have come to realize the beauty and appropriateness of this way of praying the Mass, all facing God.

Just one other thing for now…it seems we all can benefit from ongoing catechesis and learning the teachings of the Church.  One of the most common misunderstandings held by folks is that Latin in the Mass was done away with at the Second Vatican Council. This is completely untrue.  The council document on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium is very clear on this point.

In paragraphs 54, 101, & 116 of the document we find:

(54) In Masses which are celebrated with the people, a suitable place may be allotted to their mother tongue. This is to apply in the first place to the readings and "the common prayer," but also, as local conditions may warrant, to those parts which pertain to the people, according to the norm laid down in Art.36 of this Constitution.

Nevertheless, steps should be taken so that the faithful may also be able to say or to sing together in Latin those parts of the Ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them.

(e.g. Kyrie, Confiteor, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Pater Noster, Agnus Dei.)

(101.1) In accordance with the centuries-old tradition of the Latin rite, the Latin language is to be retained by clerics in the divine office.

(116) The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as especially suited to the Roman liturgy: therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services.

I offer these quotes for your consideration and reflection. Even though many priests and bishops choose to ignore these paragraphs, we will joyfully and respectfully adhere to the wishes of the Council Fathers here at St. Mary, Mother of the Church Parish.

May the blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, descend upon you all and remain with you forever. Amen.

Father David Chiantella, Pastor


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Mass Times

Phase 3: limited to 70 people
Mondays and Wednesdays at noon
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8 AM
Sábado a 3 PM (Español)
Saturday at 5 PM (English)
Sunday at 8 AM and 10 AM (English)
Domingo a mediodía (Español)

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Office Hours

The parish offices are open on Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to 4:30 PM.

Las oficinas parroquiales están abiertas de lunes a jueves de 9 a.m. a 4:30 p.m.