The celebration of our patronal feast last week was a great success! Moving it to the weekend liturgies allowed so many more people to render homage to our Blessed Mother, thanking her for her maternal care of our parish family and imploring her continued help for the future. At the 11:00 AM Mass, we also imparted a blessing upon our wonderful catechists as they begin a new year in the ministry of religious education! How blessed we are that we have such a dedicated group of teachers in our "school of discipleship."
The picnic that followed was a great time to continue our parish feast day by our fellowship, fun, and great food! That the weather cooperated was a blessing! I am beholden to all those who organized and worked to make the picnic a reality! Special mention must made of the invaluable help of Cheryl and Dave Uhaze, our maintenance director, Phil Carlini, our Scouts, the "grill masters," Rosarians, and all those who so generously provided desserts for all to enjoy! How blessed we are to be part of such a wonderful parish!
This Saturday, October 1, I have the opportunity to spend some time in prayer and reflection with many of our liturgical ministers. Fr. Alberto Tamayo, Pastor of St. Anthony, Red Bank, will be here as the director of a "Day of Recollection." I trust it will be a day that will be helpfful to our various ministers as they serve the Lord!
I hasten to add a most important reminder—our new Mass schedule takes effect next weekend! It will take some getting used to. I am very grateful to everyone for their very kind understanding of our having to make this adjustment in light of new circumstances!
Msgr. Tom Gervasio