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by Terrie Evans
On this Sunday, August 23rd we celebrate the feast of St. Rose of Lima, the 7th of 11 children born to Oliva and Gaspar Flores in 1586. While growing up in Peru, she experienced a religious calling after reading about St. Catherine of Siena and her life of penance. This pattern of dedicating herself to religious life continued when she planned on entering the convent. After a 10 year struggle with her parents, her father relented and realized Rose was not destined to marry when she became a Third Order Dominican. When she started to have visions and detailed spiritual dreams, her good friend, Brother Martin de Porres assured her they were a gift from God. She received the Blessed Sacrament daily and lived a life of silence and seclusion while in severe pain from arthritis and asthma. Toward the end of her life, St. Rose cared for the sick and elderly until she became ill from a high fever and the complications of paralysis at the age of 31. Canonized by Pope Clement X in 1671, St. Rose is considered the 1st Saint of the Americas, the 1st Flower of America, as the Patroness of the New World and Patron Saint of Florists and Gardeners. A Quote from St. Rose “ Without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. The gift of grace increases as the struggle increases.”
We send our condolences to the Mazzeo and Grady Families on the passing of our past parishioner, Virginia Mazzeo Grady at the age of 91. She was a staunch supporter of San Antonio Church during the 1990’s and early 2000’s until she relocated to her daughter’s home in Springdale. Ginny was a very dedicated volunteer as a Sacristan, a Monday morning crafter and collected donations and gift certificates for our raffles for the Spaghetti Dinners. She was a good friend to our Pastor Fr. Ed Gerhardt and worked with him at the St. Bonnie’s Bingo during those years. While she was at San Antonio, Ginny and the late Sam Almond would set up the Altar every Saturday afternoon for our Sunday Mass. She was also a good friend to the late Mike Urti who became her dance partner at many special events. She leaves her children and their spouses, Eugene (Barb) Grady, Denise (Mark) Hildebrand, Anthony Grady and Theresa (Tom) Richmond, sisters Margaret Frazer and Shirley Stevens and 10 Grandchildren. She was buried from St. Martin of Tours Parish.
Loving mother of Eugene (Barb) Grady, Jr, Denise (Mark) Hildebrand, Anthony Grady and Theresa (Tom) Richmond, grandmother of 10, great grandmother of many, sister of Margaret Frazer and Shirley Stevens, preceded in death by her other brothers and sisters. Retired nursing assistant, long time volunteer and member of the Auxiliary at St. Francis St. George Hospital now Mercy West. Her hobbies included; dancing, volunteering at numerous local organizations such as the Fraternal Order of Police and crocheting. Proud of her Italian heritage. Died, Friday, August 7, 2020 age 91. Funeral Mass, Saturday, Aug 15, 10:30 AM, St Martin of Tours Church. Per Archdioceses regulations social distancing is expected. Masks are required. Please make donations to The Shield, 7149 Ridge Rd, Cincinnati (45237) or Cincinnati Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, PO Box 23227, Cincinnati (45223).