Word from the Pastor

We are just one month away from our first annual summer parish pilgrimage. Our parish family will be traveling to Our Lady of the Martyrs Shrine in Auriesville, NY on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is Thursday, August 15th this year.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs is the site of the 17th Century Mohawk village of Ossernenon where three Jesuit missionaries were killed during the 1640s for their faith. Father Isaac Jogues and two lay Jesuits, René Goupil and John Lalande, traveled from France to the New World to evangelize the indigenous peoples. They, along with five Jesuit priests martyred in Canada, were canonized as the eight North American Martyrs in 1930. They are the first and only martyred saints of North America.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk/Algonquin maiden known for her purity and charity, was born here in 1656. Her life was a white martyrdom of persecution by the nonChristian members of her family and tribe. She died of natural causes in Canada in 1680 having remained steadfast in the Catholic faith and was canonized in 2012. Unlike the first Jesuit settlements in Canada, Ossernenon was initially not a mission. It was a place of captivity, torture, and finally one of negotiations, reconciliation, and mission. Father Jogues walked these grounds during three episodes over four years - the first time as a captive, the second as a peace ambassador, and the third as a missionary who met his martyrdom.

I will be celebrating the main Mass at Auriesville Shrine on the Solemnity of the Assumption at 12pm Noon on August 15th in Coliseum. This Mass is open to the general public. This Mass will be very special because the Solemnity is the patronal feast day of our parish family as well as the 139th Anniversary of the very first Mass celebrated at the Shrine. I will also be leading our parish family in a walking recitation of the Most Holy Rosary into the famous Ravine where the relics of Saint Rene Goupil are laid to rest. This day is going to be filled with so many blessings, graces, fellowship, and fun. You don’t want to miss this opportunity. Please register soon by calling the parish office.

Your Servant in Christ,
Fr. Jason C. Hage

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
Mary, Mother of Our Savior, pray for us!