Congratulations To All Of Our Graduates

My dear Parishioners,

I recently met with Fr. Pawelko, the priest who will be taking over as pastor. He is very excited to be coming here. I told him about our audio recording of the Saturday Vigil Mass and then sending it to the radio station WRDV so that it can be played on Sunday morning. It is a slight cost to the parish but I believe that it is a worthwhile ministry to the homebound. I continue to hear how much people appreciate it. He may be looking for some assistance with this ministry. It involves a little technical knowhow such as how to insert an SD card and how to email the recording. If anyone can help with this ministry, please see me so that I can show you what is involved.

I just concelebrated Archbishop Wood’s Baccalaureate Mass on Friday. It is hard to believe that another school year has passed and now we are entering the graduation season. I would like to congratulate all of our graduates from Kindergarten, Grade School, Middle School, High School, College, and from Post-College studies. These are significant milestones and as a parish family we join in celebrating your accomplishments. We are fortunate that as Catholics we can mark these milestones with prayers and especially Mass. We already had a prayer service for our Kindergarten, and will be having Mass for our Eighth Graders. If you have a graduate in your family, and would like to recognize them in our parish community, may I suggest that you come to our Sunday Mass and indicate to our ushers that you are celebrating a graduation and would like to bring up the offertory gifts. It is a great way to honor the graduate and bring the family together for Mass. Unfortunately we can only have one family per Mass bring up the gifts, so it will have to be on a first come basis. I want to take this opportunity to thank Mrs.

Jennifer Durkin and all of the excellent faculty and staff at St. Joseph / St. Robert School. They have done an excellent job this year and their hard work and dedication have shown through in many ways. We pray for them too, that they might get their well-deserved rest and return to us next fall refreshed and ready to do the good work of forming our young people in Jesus Christ. Thanks also to all the assistants and volunteers; we could not run such a fine program without the help of active and involved parents. Your devotion to your children is admirable.

The Church is in its final preparations for the National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis, Indiana from July 17-21. We are encouraged to renew our efforts to pray for a revival in belief in and love for Jesus in the Eucharist. Here is the National Prayer:

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, nor adore, nor hope, nor love You. (Three times)

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly. I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended.

And, through the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of sinners.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

May God Bless you,
Fr. Bordonaro