Borghese Chapel

11-10-2019The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

Here's the first photo gem from the Ordination Pilgrimage to Italy last month. The Borghese Chapel at Rome's Saint Mary Major Basilica offers a stupendous visual feast to help the adorer enter more captivatingly the beauty of the Catholic liturgy. Around the image of our Lady (Madonna Salus Populi Romani) is the largest slab of blue marble ever put into art called Lapis Lazuli, brought in from Afghanistan several centuries ago. It's the only privately owned property on the Vatican State. Even though St. Mary Major is located several miles from Vatican City, you enter Vatican State when entering it. But this Chapel, till this day still belongs to the Borghese Family. We are getting close to beginning the remodel of the Sanctuary. It will be done to enhance our own worship of God, in good taste, using finer art, and looking to put front and center the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. Please pray, in earnest, that this project will soon begin.

God Bless,
Fr. Larry

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10 symptoms of Alzheimer’s

11-03-2019On the Caregiving Journey…

Are you caring for someone with memory loss? According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 million people worldwide are suffering from some form of dementia which involves the loss of memory. The most common form of dementia (a term used to describe a set of symptoms) is Alzheimer’s. Over 5.8 million people in the USA are living with Alzheimer’s which is the 6th leading cause of death in this country. Every 65 seconds, someone is diagnosed with this brain degenerative disease.

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Pastoral Council

11-03-2019The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

These parishioners sport blue badges. They are members of the Pastoral Council. When I am not available to take suggestions, the next best thing is to see one of them with your idea. Michelle, Luis, Patricia, Edna, Tomás, Darlene and Armindo were hand-picked to help me identify needs and strategies to better welcome, form and launch the lay membership of our parish. They are among some of the most dedicated people in the parish who serve generously in other ministerial capacities. Again, if you´re not able to always see me, they will listen to you and get back to me.

Your Pastor,
Fr. Larry

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