24th Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 15, 2019
This weekend, at the 5pm Mass, I will be canonically installed as your new pastor. This is an occasion for us to thank God for the gift of priestly ministry, an assurance from God of his abiding presence by providing shepherds to care for his flock. I would like to ask for your continued prayers for me, and to include the whole parish staff of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, that we may selflessly serve and minister to you, the flock that God has given to us. For the installation, I thank our presider, Bishop Richard Henning, who so generously gave of his time to be with us. Also, my gratitude to all concelebrating priests and deacons-friends and co-workers in God’s vineyard, thank you for joining me on this special day. Special thank you to the “Potluck crew”, who despite the uncertainties and the daunting task of organizing such a large crowd, managed to remain calm and courageous. Thank you to everyone who donated food, volunteered their time, and for everyone for gracing us with your support and presence.
This weekend we celebrate Catechetical Sunday. At the 9:30 am Mass on Sunday, we will be installing Catechists as a new school year begins. They play a vital role in teaching our children about the Catholic faith. As they volunteer their time, may they find satisfaction in knowing that as they do this, they also deepen their relationship with God.
I would like to personally invite everyone to join me, the Voice of Friendship Singers and the Choir of Our Lady of Grace, for a concert entitled “Faithful Voices” on October 12, 7pm at my old parish Our Lady of Grace Church in West Babylon. For more details, see the bulletin and posters around the Church. The concert is for the benefit of the Retreat Center that OLOG is trying to create. Perhaps in the future, we can also have a similar event here in the parish.
Fr. Gius Garcia