Parish Staff Changes

06-30-2019Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parishioners,

I would like to share some news regarding some staff changes to our parish. Father Walter has been assigned by the Bishop to Holy Name Parish in New Brunswick. Father will be the Parochial Vicar and will be serving the 3 parishes that make up The Holy Name Parish effective July 8th. We thank Father Walter for the three years that he has served our parish. We will have a farewell reception on Sunday, July 7th at the Noon Mass. Please join us as we extend our best wishes for Father Walter in his new parishes.

I am pleased to announce that Bishop Checchio has assigned Rev. Matthew Marinelli as the Parochial Vicar to St. Magdalen’s. Father Marinelli, is a Phillipsburg native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophical theology from Seton Hall University, South Orange. While studying for a master’s degree in divinity at Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, Pa., he undertook a diaconate assignment in a small Pittsburgh parish. “They had a small Spanish community there which was super loving, devout and hospitable,” said Father Marinelli. As a seminarian, Reverend Marinelli participated in a pastoral language immersion program in Bolivia. He also worked a summer assignment in the Hispanic community of Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Perth Amboy. Father Marinelli said he is greatly anticipating engaging in the lives of parishioners and forming the deep bonds that come with serving in a parish. “I most look forward to being in people’s lives,” said Father Marinelli.

Bishop Checchio has also assigned Deacon Anthony Cozzi to our parish. Anthony will join our four other Deacons in serving our parish in the many ministries and at our Masses. All of God’s Blessings as he begins his service to our parish.

It is with great sadness that I share with you that Mrs. Bridget Rincon will be leaving her position as Parish Catechetical Leader. Bridget will be moving to Colorado and will continue her studies at the Augustine Institute as she pursues her doctoral degree as well as taking the position of Catechetical Leader at a local parish. We thank Bridget for her many years of service to our religious education program and to our parish. We wish Bridget well as she continues serving the Lord.

We welcome Sister Marie Luu from The Sisters of Christian Charity to our Parish. Sister Marie will be the new Parish Catechetical leader. Sister comes to us with many years of religious education experience. She most recently taught at Immaculate Conception in Annandale. Sister Marie looks forward to working with the parents and children of our parish in teaching the Catholic faith.

Father Brighenti