St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church

A Parish and School of National Distinction

Weekly Message




                                      FROM THE DESK OF FR. MARIO J. TIZZIANI    

         Laetare! Rejoice! Today we are halfway through the Lenten season. As we hear today’s readings, we have a reason to rejoice. Despite the upheaval of our lives at this time, St Paul reminds us that, we “were once [in] darkness, but now [we] are in the Lord.” Through Christ, as we hear in the Gospel, our eyes have been opened and we know the Truth – we can see the Light. This is surely a reason for joy. Yet, it is imperative that we listen to the rest of what St Paul has to say. “Live as children of the light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth. Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.” This is our challenge and why I continue to remind us to spend time in prayer and reading the Scriptures, why I provide Scripture verses to be memorized. Thereby doing these things, we will grow in grace – we will grow in light. “Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness; rather, expose them, for it is shameful even to mention the things done by them in secret; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible in light.” As we live in the Light, the things of darkness will become even more distasteful and we will be better armed to resist them as they come our way!

          As of this posting, no changes have been provided or advisement rendered toward our Mass schedules and postponed Parish activities. Just a reminder that if you are over the age of 60, it may be prudent for you to stay at home and watch Mass from the Cathedral or EWTN. Although you will not physically receive the Eucharist, I have attached an article concerning Spiritual Communion which I feel you will find appropriate in assisting in aiding your desire to receive the Most Holy Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May the Lord continue to bless and protect us in the time of uncertainty. 

                                                                                                                         In His love,
                                                                                                                         Fr Mario Joseph Tizziani