Welcome Rev. Marinelli / Adoration Chapel Update

07-14-2019Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

Dear Parishioners,

This weekend we welcome Reverend Matthew Marinelli to our parish. Father Matthew was ordained at St. Francis Cathedral on Saturday, June 24th. Father Marinelli, a Phillipsburg native, 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 Matthew 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.

I also would like to update you on the Adoration Chapel. The work on the new Chapel will begin soon. The stain glass windows for the Adoration Chapel have been ordered. The windows were given to us by five parish families that will have their loved ones memorialized at each of the windows. We are very grateful for their generous donation to the Church. The windows will beautify the new Chapel and glorify the Lord. Please excuse our appearance while we work to enhance the Church. We anticipate this project to last a few months. Please be assured that our Masses will not be effected and we will make every effort to try to be diligent and respectful of the Sanctuary area.