Extra, Extra Special
Dear Editor: Wow. Such a wonderful story (“Former Brooklyn Man Proud of Paperboy Days With The Tablet,” March 25). What a great reflection on the importance of The Tablet’s continued delivery of good news to the faithful. Mr. Hayes’ life and family history sounds very interesting. The article sounds like the opening to a great book. I love these types of living history novels.
What’s the Fascination with Latin Mass?
Dear Editor: To all of those who are so enamored of the Latin Mass — a Mass in a language most of us don’t understand, and as I remember it, with the priest facing the altar, not the people. I have a question: How does this resemble the Last Supper? The Mass is, to my knowledge, a re-enactment of the Last Supper culminating in Jesus giving His life for us.
As we look at the Last Supper, Jesus speaks to his disciples, his closest friends, in their language. He reclines at the table with them. He gives them His body and blood and tells them to do this in remembrance of Him. Here we have the institution of the Eucharist and the first Mass. This is the Mass that Jesus left us, in their own language and as close to them as possible. This is the Mass I want to attend. It has beauty and meaning, is rich in tradition, and, best of all, I can understand and am connected to every person.
Maria F. Mastromarino
No Respect for Houses of Worship
Dear Editor: As a long-time parishioner of Holy Family Parish in Fresh Meadows, I was so very deeply saddened when I heard about the wanton and deliberate destruction of one of our beloved angel statues near our rectory by a trio of teenage boys (“Pastor of Church Where Vandals Destroyed Statue: ‘It Needs to Stop,’ ” story, The Pro-Life Newspaper page 5).
Why would they commit such a terrible act of vandalism against a statue which represents peace and love? These boys, when apprehended, must be punished for what they did. Our young people need to realize that there are very serious consequences for their actions and that they will not be able to get away with them. I sincerely hope some type of restitution will be made for the vandalizing of that beloved statue. All parents need to teach their children to respect others, as well as to never desecrate or damage any type of property.
A Good Friday Haiku
Dear Editor: A poem I wrote for this Good Friday:
Dewy ruby drops
Jewels for our Redemption Glisten on the crown
Mary Beth Dillon
Old Mill Basin