Church of the Holy Trinity

A Family - Centered Catholic Church Serving Northern Tuscarawas County

Quasimodo Sunday

This coming Sunday is called Quasimodo Sunday. It is the Second Sunday of Easter,
sometimes called Low Sunday. It is called Quasimodo after the first words of the Introit,
which would be heard in every parish across the land.

This beautiful and unforgettable song is dedicated to first communicants (children or
new converts), as instruction about how to proceed and grow in faith. It is especially
compelling to us because of our literary and pop-culture knowledge of the bell ringer in
"Hunchback." It is good know the original meaning and idea -- and also to read the real
song as the Introit at Mass.
Once I was asked why the Church was using the name of a Disney character as the name
of the Mass. Actually, the Disney character is based on a novel by Victor Hugo, which, in
turn, named his character because he was born on this day and also because he had the
character of a child.
What does this Introit say to us and to the first communicants? Likening the recent
convert to a new born child, it counsels them to desire the milk of God'sWord - to
receive that nourishment and grow in faith. Properly disposed, the new communicant
doesn't need to be told this, but the rest of us sing about it as a reminder that we all
should preserve the spirit of the children of God and remain humble and submissive to
His DivineWill.
This second Sunday of Easter is also named "Divine Mercy Sunday" after the
appearances of our Lord to Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, a renowned 20th century
mystic, nun and visionary. When Sister Maria entered the convent, her mother superior
wrote that she was "unremarkable" which would seem like an insult to many of us, but
Christ chose this humble, cheerful, child-like saint to be the messenger of His words of
mercy to a hurting post-war world. Her diary - commissioned by Jesus Himself - is one
of the most profound messages of God's love ever written. How appropriate that the
Church has chosen this Sunday after Easter to remember that God loves us and wants to
heal us, if we will approach Him as little children.
Perhaps those of us who attend the 5:30 Mass this Sunday will hear the Angelus bells at
6, and be reminded of God's love, and our old friend, the Hunchback of Notre Dame!

Caps Corner Bio

Mark Capuano

By the Fall of 2008 Mark Capuano (Cap) was comfortable and content with his life as an Evangelical Elder.  Thinking he "had it all figured out" his thoughts were primarily on spending his remaining years in the company of friends and acquaintances within his tight circle of fellow believers in rural Ohio.  God had other plans.  

Spurred by a particularly harsh criticism of the Catholic Church he'd heard from a missionary to Italy, Cap decided to finally explore the history of Christianity in depth.  Only this time, rather than reading what others had to say, he decided to go right to the source - the Apostolic Fathers.  What he discovered changed his mind, his world, his life.  

A study which began as an apology of Catholicism to be a legitimate, Biblically based Christian religion, ended up a defense of Orthodoxy itself, and the first step in a personal journey back to the Church of his youth.  By the summer of 2011 the journey was complete.  His book "Giving My Ancestors a Vote" details this thought process from a first person perspective.  Mark's hope is that it will ultimately be of value as a starting point toward unity, which is the prayer of our Lord.  

"Cap's Corner" is a collection of short thoughts and lessons, also intended to help others along their own person faith journey.  Never at a loss for wit, you may find these articles interesting and enjoyable.

Cap currently resides in Bolivar, Ohio and is a member of The Church of The Holy Trinity in Zoar.  A professional chemical/materials engineer, he is now retired from The Timken Steel Company.  In addition to Jesus Christ, his passions include music, reading, and fishin'.