This day happens once a year but it should be a reminder to us all that we are called to honor our fathers each and every day. So to all the fathers in the parish Happy Father’s Day! I pray that God’s blessings and peace be upon all our Fathers, Grand-Fathers, all Fathers-to-be as well as our God-Fathers. We thank them for the love and example they have been for their families. For those who have died we pray that they are in the arms of our merciful heavenly Father.
Father’s Day is not the only day of celebration in the month of June for our High School Seniors it is the time for graduation! A time to look back on all that they have accomplished to this point in their lives and to thank God for the blessing they have received. And a time to look ahead as they are on the threshold of new beginnings and adventures. I would like to congratulate them on their graduation from high school and I ask God’s blessings upon them in all their future endeavors whether in college, or military service, or in the job force. This June was also a time of celebration for those who were ordained to the priesthood. I was happy to be able to attend on June 4th the priesthood ordination of Rev. Erick Viloria, Rev. Jorge Ivan Ramirez and Rev. Justin Miller. The three newly ordained priests will be beginning their first assignments as priests in the Diocese of Rochester in June. Please keep them in your prayers.
Also ordained recently were four men to the deaconate, three as transitional deacons who will be ordained to the priesthood in 2017 and one, Deacon Thomas Jack who was ordained as a diocesan permanent deacon. The ordination took place at Sacred Heart Cathedral on May 28th. Those ordained as transitional deacons were Deacon Anthony Amato, Deacon Juan Benitez and Deacon Michael Merritt. After summer assignments in parish the three transitional deacons will be returning to the seminary for their final year of study before their ordination to the priesthood in 2017. Deacon Thomas Jack will be beginning his first diaconal assignment in a parish. Congratulations to the recently ordained, may God bless them in all their future ministry.
In our diocese the last Tuesday of June marks the moving day for priests taking on new assignments. It is was now two years ago that I began my assignment at Good Shepherd Catholic Community. I know for myself that the transition for me was a smooth one thanks to the support and encouragement you gave me. Transition though is not always easy so I ask you to pray for the priests who are taking on new assignments, as well as the newly ordained who will begin their first assignment, and pray for the parish communities who will be experiencing transition in leadership. The saying goodbye to someone you know and saying hello to someone who is a stranger is not easy. But, prayer sure helps.
This Tuesday we officially entered the season of summer! All of our elementary, middle school and high students are completing their school years. Vacation trips are being planned, family reunions are in the works, and outdoor outings in the sunshine and fresh air are an appreciated blessing. Yes, the
Summer is a time for recreation, relaxation and renewal. But, I would remind school students, that the summer also is a time for continued learning. I encourage them to take some time each day to read over the summer months and to even work on their math problems! With the busyness of all the activities that fill our days we can easily forget to refresh our minds and spirits. Yet no matter what age we are it is important for us to continue to learn and grow as God’s children especially in our knowledge of our faith and God’s ways in our life. So make sure you take the time to pray and to celebrate Sunday Mass with your families and be strengthen and renewed with the gift of the Eucharist.
God Bless you, Father Bill