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Father Ricardo, Pastor

Chairperson: Bill Dignan

Trustees: Bob Morrissey, Frank Elleo, George Conway and Mary Petnel

Accountant:  Leo Zatta

Secretary:  Ellen Buchney

It is fascinating and wonderful to see the way the human mind responds to mystery. Mary Magdalene came to the tomb in the dark. Love had pushed her to risk any danger, in order to tend to the full burial rites of her beloved Teacher. Urgency and courage in the care of the beloved are attributes of a person open to mystery. What Mary could see was limited. One thing did come into focus, however, and that was that the enormous stone had been rolled away. In panic, Mary fixed her mind on one possibility: Enemies had stolen the body of Jesus.

Peter and John ran through the grey light in answer to Mary’s alarm. John, the faster runner and younger man, arrived first. He waited deferentially for the group’s recognized leader, Peter, to get there. Peter bent down and entered the tomb. He noticed the separated burial cloths. His mind attached itself to the concrete detail. His mind was stalled. Peter’s love had faltered during this terrible week. His capacity for love had weakened.

Then John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved,” and who returned that love in the most obvious loyalty, entered the tomb. He saw and believed. Mary is a supreme instance of someone who goes on loving and believing even when all seems lost. When all seemed lost, it was Mary and John who stayed with Jesus at the foot of the cross. They, alone of the disciples, loved Jesus to His death.

The Sacred Triduum of our Faith is one complete mystery. If we attempt to separate Good Friday from Easter Sunday, we will never be able to fully understand the glory of the Resurrection. If we have had our feet washed, if we have lingered in the shadow of the cross, if we have run in the half-light to the tomb, if we have understood that Jesus Christ loved us to His death, If we have reciprocated that love, we can see and believe. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Father Ricardo

We the Church of Our Lady of Fatima, declare it to be our mission to live in faithful relationship with the Father and through the power of the Holy Spirit, give witness and living testimony to the mission of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

We ask that Mary, the Mother of our Lord and our Mother, who aided the beginnings of the Church by her prayers, may now intercede with her Son for each of us...helping us to grow in faith, hope, and love.

We as Catholic Christians, are called to make visible Christs presence among His people. We commit ourselves to journey through life striving to become more like Jesus in our words and deeds, to be His disciples.

We exist not for ourselves, but for the sake of others, generating new life and hope. In His name and united in his belief, we reach out to others.

We become the heart of Jesus to love others, His ears to listen to others, His mouth to teach as He did, and His feet to spread His Good News as we journey through life.

As we proclaim our love by ministering to and serving others, we build community. And as one, our parish community worships and celebrates. through many, we are one body because we share in the One Bread and One Cup.

WELCOME!   Our Lady of Fatima parish always welcomes new members. Please stop by the rectory or call 973-764-4457 to register as soon as possible.