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Dear Friends,
Happy Father’s Day to all our dads.

I may fail to be as clever as my neighbor down the street,
I may fail to be as wealthy as some other men I meet,
I may never win the glory which a lot of men have had,
But I’ve got to be successful as a little fellow’s dad.
There are certain dreams I cherish which I’d like to see come true,
There are things I would accomplish when my time of life is through,

But the task my heart is on is to guide a little lad
And to make myself successful as that little fellow’s dad.
I may never come to glory, I may never gather gold,
Men may list me with the failures when my business life is told,
But if he who follows after me shall be manly, I’ll be glad,
For I’ll know I’ve been successful as that little fellow’s dad.
It’s the one job that I dream of, it’s the task I think of most,
If I fail that growing youngster, I’d have nothing else to boast;
For though wealth and fame I’d gathered, all my failure would be sad,
If I failed to be successful as that little fellow’s dad.

God bless all our dads on their special day and thank you for who you are. As a gift from the parish, please take a pen with you and know how much your living faith contributes not only to your family but to the parish family as well.

Congratulations to the class of 2019 of the Academy of Our Lady, who graduated yesterday. We wish you all God’s blessings as you go on to the high schools of your choice. I know that you are well prepared for this next step in your lives. In your academics, in your social life as a member of a school community, and in your spiritual life, the Academy has helped form you as a witness to Jesus Christ. I pray that you will always remember that – to see the world through the eyes of Jesus, to allow the wisdom of Jesus to guide your decisions and choices and to reflect the image of Jesus in a world that is so desperately in need of goodness, kindness, gentleness, justice and respect for one another. And may you be all of that, joyfully appreciating all the good around you. And remember – God created you to be happy, even as He asks you to bear fruit for His Kingdom.

Many have been asking me two questions, (1) when will we have a chance to say good-bye to Frs. Kevin and Tony and (2) who is coming in Father Kevin’s place. The answer to the first you already know as you read this bulletin, a Mass and farewell will be celebrated on Saturday, June 29that 5:30PM, followed by a reception for them, as well as for Michael Cesario and Kevin and Barbara Cheslack-Postava, in the Parish Center. The second question remains an unknown because of the lateness of the request in the transfer process. Maybe I’ll find something out this week when the priests gather with the Cardinal for the Convocation, Cultivating Unity.

Lastly, speaking of the Convocation, as has been mentioned last week and this week in the bulletin, all the priests of the Archdiocese will be gathering at a hotel in Woodcliff Lake from late Monday through mid-day Thursday. While no agenda has been published I presume there will be talks, group discussions, prayer and reflection and socialization – all with the common purpose of creating a greater unity among the priests and with the Cardinal Archbishop. It has been eight years since the last gathering. A lot has happened in these eight years, many faces have changed and so I think it will be a good opportunity to renew spirits, and, as the old saying goes “re-charge batteries.” Please pray for the priests and pray that God’s will and purpose for this Convocation be accomplished. While we are away, the parish will be in the good hands of Fr. William (and Peggy and Patti and Chris and Sal, as well).

God Bless,
Fr. Ron

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Mass Schedule

Weekend Liturgies
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,
11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,
3 p.m. (Spanish), 6:30 p.m.
Weekday Liturgies
Monday thru Friday,
6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m.,
and 12 noon
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. only
Holy Days
Eve: 7:30pm (anticipated)
6:30am, 8:30am, and 12noon 

 

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