Second Sunday of Easter, April 11, 2015
Dear parishioners and friends in Christ,
Father Vinny has an announcement to share with our Parish Family. Like you may be, I was surprised and saddened by it. However, Father Vinny has my sincere gratitude and prayerful best wishes as he begins a new chapter in his priestly ministry.
Msgr. “Father Bob” Clerkin
From the Desk of Fr. Vincent Schifano
Happy Easter! It’s hard to imagine that for some the celebration of Easter is over. But for those of us who worship on a weekly basis the Easter Season continues for 50 days. The resurrection reminds each of us of the new life that we share in with Christ and that we should share the good news of the Gospel.
This June, I will celebrate my 15th Anniversary of Priesthood and on the cover of my invitation it said, “Called to Serve God’s People”. It’s hard to believe that I have been serving the good people of SSCM for 5 years … hard to believe. As a priest we make Christ known to the faith community we have been called to serve. Hopefully, I have done that well. And I hope that I have made Christ known to you through my gentleness, my kindness, my compassion and my love for Jesus Christ.
After much prayer and discussion with priest and religious I feel called to spread the Gospel to a new faith community. Fr. Bob, tried in every way possible for me to change my mind and remain here at SSCM but I am ready to move on.
I was recently talking with my longtime friend Sr. Ines about moving on and she said, “Vinny it’s hard for us to leave the people of God but, we are always connected to one another in Christ.” I will miss all of you as well as my brother priests and deacons and the staff at SSCM.
I will not be leaving SSCM until late June. Let us continue to pray for one another during this Easter season.