Statement on the Inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr., as 46th President of the United States of America01-24-2021Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
My prayers are with our new President and his family today.
I am praying that God grant him wisdom and courage to lead this great nation and that God help him to meet the tests of these times, to heal the wounds caused by this pandemic, to ease our intense political and cultural divisions, and to bring people together with renewed dedication to America’s founding purposes, to be one nation under God committed to liberty and equality for all.READ MORE
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The Cardinal's Annual Stewardship Appeal 2021
Our goal is $52,000. In these trouble times we are very grateful for your sacrifice and generosity. God bless all of you and keep you safe.
We have begun the 2021 Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal. For those of you who are loyal supporters of the Appeal, I thank you! Your generosity has supported ministries and apostolates across the archdiocese, through which so many people have come to know and love our Lord more deeply. For those who may not be as familiar with the Appeal, I invite you to learn more about the work it supports here. At its core, the Appeal exists to fund the vast educational, charitable, and pastoral outreach of our archdiocese, all of which serve to make Christ known in the world. Throughout the challenges of the past year, the Church’s witness to the steadfast, unchanging love of God has grounded us in our faith, and it is this commitment to the mission of the universal Church that inspires tens of thousands of parishioners across the Archdiocese of New York to participate in the Appeal every year. And whether you are a long-time supporter or brand new to the Appeal, I hope that you will consider making a contribution this year if your financial circumstances permit. Over the coming weeks, I look forward to sharing more information with you about the good work supported by the 2021 Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal. Thank you for the many sacrifices you make for the good of our Church and for St. Paul's!
Yours in Christ, Father Leonard F. Villa
Timeless Wisdom and Teaching from Pope Leo XIII An Architect of Catholic Social Teaching01-24-2021
These paragraphs from the encyclical, Diuturnum Illud, On the Origin of Civil Power (1881) are particularly relevant to the situation facing Catholics in the U.S. today:READ MORE
Note On the Date of Christmas01-10-2021
A common assertion is that early Christians derived Christmas from pagan celebrations, and that these feasts are therefore pagan (though overlaid with a thin veneer of Christianity). How much truth is there in this assertion? Since the Western Christmas (25 December) falls near the Winter Solstice (21 December), it occurs at the same time of the year as certain pagan solstice feasts. One such feast was the Roman celebration of Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (Nativity of the Invincible Sun), which commemorated the birth of the sun god Mithra. After Emperor Aurelian declared Mithra/Sol Invictus to be the patron of the Roman Empire in 274 AD, this feast in his honor became very popular. Some say that the Christians invented Christmas, a feast in honor of Jesus' birth, as an alternative to this popular feast of Mithra's birth. Others claim that Christmas was never a separate feast, but is the feast of Sol Invictus itself, continued and adapted by pagan converts in the fourth century, after Constantine forced them to become Christians. Unwilling to abandon their beloved Mithraism, they changed Dies Natalis Solis Invicti into a feast of Christ's Nativity (since no one knows for sure what day Jesus was born).READ MORE
The Saint Benedict Medal01-01-2021
The Saint Benedict Medal St. Benedict (born at Nursia, Italy, in 480) had a profound veneration for the holy Cross and for our Savior Crucified. In virtue of the Sign of the Cross, he wrought many miracles and exercised great power over the spirits of darkness. In consequence of the great veneration in which St. Benedict was held from the early Middle Ages, it followed that a Medal was struck, one side of which represents St. Benedict holding the Cross in one hand and the Holy Rule in the other. Around the image of St. Benedict are these words in Latin: "May his presence protect us in the hour of death." St. Benedict has ever been the patron of the dying, because of the circumstances attending his own most glorious death, for he breathed forth his soul while standing in prayer before the Most Blessed Sacrament.READ MORE
St. Paul the Apostle Parish Mission
The Parish of Saint Paul Apostle under the guidance of the Holy Spirit informs the response of the believer to the presence of Jesus through conversion. In this process strengthened and maintained by prayer, worship and catholic action, individuals become Christ in this twenty first century.
At Sunday Eucharist all gather to hear God’s Word in the Scriptures. Gradually an understanding of life’s make-up deepens and the rich meaning of living through union with Jesus opens a fuller connection to His focal work at Calvary. Through God’s unfolding grace the purpose of faith is being fulfilled by our incorporation with Him in our Eucharistic – “this holy and perfect sacrifice: the bread of life and the cup of eternal salvation.” Conversion or being awakened to the mystery of His Death and Resurrection calls for the essential supports necessary to live out this process. Through prayer the Holy Spirit accommodates believers to the revelation of the Loving Father whom Jesus introduces. Worship offers depth of awe reflected in the love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Catholic action flows from the desire to make God’s Love real to others in this life.
Our Patron Saint
Paul the Apostle commonly known as Saint Paul and also known by his Hebrew name Saul of Tarsus was an apostle (although not one of the Twelve Apostles) who taught the gospel of Christ to the first-century world. Paul is generally considered one of the most important figures of the Apostolic Age and from the mid-30s to the mid-50s AD he founded several Christian communities in Asia Minor and Europe. He took advantage of his status as both a Jew and a Roman citizen to minister to both Jewish and Roman audiences.
According to the New Testament book Acts of the Apostles (often simply called Acts), Paul persecuted some of the early disciples of Jesus, possibly Hellenised diaspora Jews converted to Christianity, in the area of Jerusalem prior to his conversion. In the narrative of Acts, Paul was traveling on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus on a mission to "arrest them and bring them back to Jerusalem" when the resurrected Jesus appeared to him in a great light. He was struck blind, but after three days his sight was restored by Ananias of Damascus and Paul began to preach that Jesus of Nazareth is the Jewish Messiah and the Son of God. Approximately half of the book of Acts deals with Paul's life and works.
In Catholic tradition whoever has St. Paul the Apostle as patron also has St. Peter the Apostle as patron as well. In the traditional liturgy on a feast or votive Mass of St. Paul a prayer to St. Peter is always added and vice versa.