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 blessings 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 (in advance) 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 their future employment.
This June was also a time of celebration for those who were ordained to the priesthood. On June 1st at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester, Rev. Daniel L. White and Rev. Matthew J. Walters were ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Rochester. Father White, who grew up in Owego, celebrated his first Mass June 2 at St. Patrick Church in Owego where I was pastor before coming to Good Shepherd. Father White will remain in Owego for his first priesthood assignment, as parochial vicar of Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick parishes. Father Walter celebrated his first Mass June 2 at Our Lady of Victory/St. Joseph Church in Rochester. Father Walter’s first assignment will take him to Wayne County, where he will serve as parochial vicar at the parishes of St. Michael in Newark, St. Joseph the Worker in Lyons, Clyde and Savannah, and Blessed Trinity Catholic Community in Wolcott, Sodus and Sodus Point. Please keep them in your prayers
Also ordained recently were four men to the deaconate, three as permanent deacons and one as a transitional deacon. The ordination took place at Sacred Heart Cathedral on May 25th. Joseph Martuscello was ordained as a transitional deacon and will continue in the process of formation leading him to the priesthood. Roger DeBell, William Goodman and Jonathan Schott were ordained as permanent deacons and will begin their first diaconal assignments. May God bless them in all their future ministry in the diocese. May 25. There, Bishop Salvatore R. Matano ordained four men to the diaconate during a Mass lasting more than two hours. Joseph Martuscello was ordained a transitional deacon, moving one step closer to becoming a priest of the Diocese of Rochester, and Roger DeBell, William Goodman and Jonathan Schott were ordained permanent deacons for the diocese.
In our diocese the last Tuesday of June marks the moving day for priests taking on new assignments. It was five years when I began my assignment at Good Shepherd Catholic Community. For me the transition to Good Shepherd Catholic Community, after serving in Tioga County for twenty one years, 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 assignments, and pray for the parish communities who will be experiencing transition in leadership. Saying goodbye to someone you know and saying hello to someone who is a stranger is not easy. But, prayer and encouragement surly helps.
We recently prayed over the names of parishioners who accepted nominations to serve as Pastoral Council members. After we prayed to the Holy Spirit the following names were selected: Kevin Homick and Maria Gentry. Kevin and Maria will join Terry Palmer, Joe DeCaro, Janet Nelson, Steve Cardinal and Rita Sheils on the Council. I thank all those who accepted nominations for their willingness to serve. I pray that the Holy Spirit will give the new members of the Council the wisdom and gifts they will need as they begin this new role of service. As we welcome new members to the Pastoral Council I would like to thank the out-going members for their time of service, Shannon Williams, Michael Miller. I thank them for their willingness to serve as Pastoral Council members and pray that the Holy Spirit will give them direction as to how they can continue to serve God’s people in the future. Please keep the newly formed council in your prayers that God will always give them good counsel to help us as a parish to do God’s will.
God Bless you,