Wow! Just, Wow! The celebrations of the 150 years and 40 hours of priesthood were incredible. Rarely does this sort of “perfect storm” happen so when it does it is good that we don’t let it pass by unnoticed or under-appreciated. All of us at OLMC did ourselves proud! So much work went into making this weekend a reality. It is difficult to thank everyone who participated by name without forgetting or unintentionally missing someone. So I am going to say: Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who did anything to make these celebrations a reality.
To all who worked and worked to make the Masses beautiful and prayerful: the servers, ushers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Lectors, Lynne and the choir, the musicians, decorating committee, Dan and the sacristans, the cleaning group, those who did the landscaping and all who attended, prayed and participated in the Masses.
To those who made the reception such a success: Charlene, Teresa, Barb, Sharon, Joe Betsa, Bob Crosby, Jeff Jones Photography, and especially all who set-up, cleaned up, and all those who prepared, donated, and served the incredible food.
To the Baugh, Sullivan, and O’Donnell families: thank you for providing us with so many great pictures and memories so we could, embarrass er… celebrate the wonderful jubilarians.
To the Garris family: thank you for participating in the life of the parish. It is truly an honor to witness the gifts that families share and it is so inspiring to see you all live out your vocations in love and in hope.
To Fr. Eric Garris: It has been our distinct privilege to watch you grow into the man, and now priest, you are. You will do great things at Saint Raphael and they are very fortunate to have you as their new Parochial Vicar. You will always have a home here and we promise to continually support you with prayer. God bless you. May God grant you many years of joy.
A couple more Parish intentions for the 54-day Rosary Novena are: for all who served and serve in the military and safety forces and for their families; for the end of the School Year and for our students who are going on to other opportunities, especially our 8th Graders.
Blessings of the Resurrection, the Priesthood, and be encouraged, we are all journeying with you. I pray our Lord richly blesses you. Always remember that I love you, there is no way I will ever love you less, and I will continue to pray for you every day. ~ Fr. Behrend