Dear Fellow Parishioners,
A happy and blessed Father’s Day to all the fathers of our parish! Let us not forget to thank God also for those who were father figures to us, particularly in our childhood. The influence of adult mentors is powerful and stays with us all our lives. A novena of Masses begins today for all the fathers whose names are on the altar. It is not too late. Cards are in the back of church.
If you are good with math and dates then you may realize that on July 1st, I will have been pastor here for twelve years. I thank God for the blessing. You may also realize that pastors are appointed for six years renewable once which is why Msgr. Dotson had to move. However in my case I have passed the venerable age of 65 and the policy is not to move pastors who have reached that age. In fact I received a letter suggesting I stay for another six years until 2019 – may God bless me with the health to do so! Fr. Dan’s appointment has one more year with the possibility of an extension.
Most clergy changes are made July 1st and our neighbor St. Mel’s, due to the retirement of Msgr. Hefner, will have Fr. David Whorton as the new pastor. Fr. Tom Schrader from Crespi High School who has helped us with the noon Mass for many years has been assigned as pastor to Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Tenafly, NJ effective July 1st.
There are some changes also in our parish staff. Going forward we are without Marilyn Enos as Music Director and Maria Giammatteo who took care of our Parish Library and the church environment. June 30 Andrew Gafvert our Youth Minister is leaving us.
Mark the date for next Sunday after the noon Mass when there will be a reception for Marilyn, Andrew and Maria when we can express our gratitude to them for their many years of ministry. That’s 1:00 PM next Sunday in Msgr. Murray Hall. Blessings to you all,
God bless you,
@ St. B's
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