Notes from Our Pastor

Thank you, Susanna.

Dear Parish Family,

We have had an eventful time here at our parish.  Our parish school opened on Monday, August 17th with a staggered start and a great deal of planning and preparation.  Our Faith Formation Program will also be starting soon.  Plan now to be attentive to the time of registration and enrollment for Faith Formation Classes.  Visit our parish website often.  Remember that the parish bulletin is posted each week on our website.

Please remember our parish school and education programs in your prayers.  We are following all of the best advice from community health leaders and specialists.  Programs are in place to care for our students, teachers and families in the best of possible ways.  School administrators and custodial staffs are implementing and providing all that is required for a safe and productive learning environment.  But we need to add your prayers to our preparation.

You may have heard that the Church has named a patron saint for us to turn to during the pandemic.  Interestingly, there were two saints from the second century who were martyrs.  Their names were Saint Victor and Saint Corona.  Tradition relates that Victor was a Roman soldier who became a convert to the Gospel.  Because of his faith, he was subject to torture and violent suffering, leading to his death.  The wife of a friend, Corona, came to his support and aid, speaking out against his torturers.  Consequently, she was also martyred.

Corona, which means “crown,” was the perfect saint to turn to for guidance and intercession during this difficult time in history.  The Church encourages us to turn to saints for support and encouragement during the trials of our lives.  Saint Corona has been named the Patroness of Epidemic Victims.  This is the prayer for her intercession:

The Rev. John E. Norman
Pastor, Saint Vincent DePaul Parish