Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sept. 17, 2017
"Support your priests with your love and prayers, that they may always be shepherds after Christ’s heart."
We are very blessed in the Diocese of Rockville Centre to have so many priests who have devoted their lives to the service of God and our Church. Even after retirement, these dedicated priests continue to serve the ministerial and spiritual needs of our Long Island community.
Several times during the last few months, I have had the opportunity to meet and celebrate Mass with our retired priests who reside at St. Pius X Enriched Living Facility. I am delighted to share, that they are "still on duty" praying for the people of our Diocese each and every day.
St. Pius X is truly an extraordinary facility that has proven to be a life-enriching entity for the men who reside there. The residence enables them to live or recuperate at a facility that gives them the extra care and attention that they need, while still allowing them to serve as active, fully engaged members of the community.
These dedicated priests have celebrated with us, mourned with us and ministered to us throughout our lives. As they age, we, in turn, are called to minister to their needs. Let us show our commitment to our re-tired priests by making a gift to St. Pius X Enriched Living Facility.
You have my deepest thanks for your caring generosi-ty and for the loving care that you have for these won-derful men who have dedicated their lives to help bring Christ into our lives. Please remember them in your prayers, as I know we are remembered in theirs
Sincerely yours in Christ,
John O. Barres
Bishop of Rockville Centre