Letter from the Pastor on the Pietá
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
For over 500 years Michelangelo's Pietá has been a source of spiritual inspiration for millions of people who have visited St. Peter's Basillica and countless others who have gazed upon images of this beautiful sculpture. The Holy Spirit surely guided the hands of Michelangelo as he carved this beautiful image of our Lord, Jesus Christ, lying in the arms of the Blessed Virgin Mary after his death. We have a unique opportunity to spend time before this beautiful image, contemplating the Passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Many artists have attempted to capture the beauty of this image and have not even come close. Michelangelo brought to life the Renaissance ideal of spiritual beauty. It is a great blessing for us to have this image visit our parish for the next several months especially during this Season of Lent. How wonderful it will be to gaze upon this image and contemplate the depth of our Father's love for us, His love is without end.
We are blessed to have the Pieta visit our parish for the next 6 months. This beautiful recast was created and provided to us by ArteDivine. This organization has been exclusively licensed to reproduce the Pieta from an original cast. ArteDivine's mission is to facilitate the placement of these sublime sculptures in settings where this image can enlighten the minds and touch the lives and hearts of the faithful. The Pieta is recreated in cast Carrera marble from a Vatican approved mold. This recast is the 27th cast of 100 approved casts, so as you can imagine it is a limited and rare piece.
Although our agreement with ArteDivine is to have the Pieta visit our parish for 6 months they have presented our community with an opportunity to keep the image here at St. Anne. Beginning in May 2015 we will begin a pledge drive to raise funds to retain the Pieta for the parish. The retention of this image will depend solely on the generosity of those who feel inspired to contribute to this cause. The parish will not make any financial contributions toward the Pieta. We are so very close to paying off our parish debt (approximately 1 year remaining) and we have many rehabilitation projects that need our attention. Although I would very much like to see the image become a permanent addition to our parish I am committed to eliminating our debt and rejuvenating our parish campus.
I pray that you will take advantage of this opportunity and spend much time gazing on this beautiful masterpiece.
Fr. Sergio Muñoz Fita
Pastor, St. Anne Roman Catholic Parish
Published February 19, 2015