Dear Family of Our Lady of Peace in Fords New Jersey,
You continue to be remembered in my Masses and prayers as we enter the month of May. It is in May that we celebrate the Mother of Jesus, as well as bringing to mind our own mother.
For those whose mothers and grandmothers are still alive - cherish them today. Honor them. Thank them.
For those whose mothers have gone home to the Lord, remember them.
For all who bear the name Christian, the name of our eternal family, let us also honor the Mother of the Lord today. Her maternal care for Jesus still embraces all those who are joined to Him, as members of His Body, by that great new birth of Baptism.
Let us ask the Lord to open our eyes, and our hearts, to come to more fully understand the great mystery and gift of the Catholic Church as our Mother. Let us live our lives as good Catholics, by living in the heart of Mother Church, for the sake of the world into which we are sent to bear the Good News.
As I close this letter, I once again ask all of our parishioners to turn their minds and hearts to the Holy Mother of God. In the name of her Divine Son, she will lead us out of our current crisis.
May the Lord give you his Abundant + Blessings.
Devotedly in Christ Jesus,
Rev. Matthew R. Paratore, S.T.L., J.C.L.