Father Mauricio's First Mass

06-05-2016Pastor's LetterFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family,

This past weekend was a high point for our parish and for our diocese. Bishop Checchio ordained three men to the priesthood of Jesus Christ, one of them, Father Mauricio Tabera who has served as a transitional deacon here at St. Magdalen's. It has been a great joy for me and our whole community to get to know him, support him and pray for him along the last steps of his journey to the priesthood.

One of the great blessings for all of us, is that we were able to host his first mass of thanksgiving this past Sunday. It was attended by nearly 500 people at 2:00pm. The mass and procession of the Blessed Sacrament was beautiful and moving. And the reception with Colombian music, food and dance was a great sharing in Father Mauricio's Latino culture. The many visitors and priests commented enthusiastically about such an uplifting event in the life of the Church.

I am deeply grateful to the parish staff, and celebration committee overseen by Darin Nelson our pastoral administrator, the special first mass choir formed from the whole music ministry under Mrs. Cheryl Manfredonia's direction and the Latino Community, the Filipino American Association, and the Knights of Columbus who provided volunteers and financial support. All of you gave generously of yourselves. This is exactly what a Eucharistic community is to be about; giving of ourselves because we have received from Him, which brings life to others.

May God be glorified.

This week we welcome one of our seminarians, Gilbert Starcher to our parish. He will be serving a 10 week summer internship here. Included in this bulletin is his own introduction. Please welcome him and keep him in your prayers.

Please also keep me in your prayers. I will go to Colombia, South America next week end to attend Father Mauricio's first mass with his family in his hometown. I will bring with me your well wishes and prayers. I want to express gratitude to his family for his vocation to the priesthood.

June is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. May we never forget how much his heart burns for love personally for each one of us. Please make every effort to commit time to pray before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in our Chapel.

In the Heart of Jesus, Father Tim

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