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Dear Friends,

A very brief note this week.

Last Sunday, at the 12:30 Mass we celebrated the rites of the RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the process or journey by which adults either enter the Church or complete their Sacraments of Initiation. Both Deacon Bob Liwanag and I wrote about it in last week's bulletin.

I just wanted to say a word about this reality. The Church is never more the Church then when she proclaims the Gospel in such a way that people become interested in discovering faith in Jesus Christ. Those are the last words of Jesus to his disciples before the Ascension, "Go and make disciples of all nations." But that doesn't happen by magic. It happens when people see life in the Christian community. They are attracted to faith by the faith they see in others. This is where everyone comes in, when we live our lives of faith in such a way as to be light for others. That might be a spouse, a friend or neighbor, a co- worker. Be the light of Christ for others. You never know where it might lead. If anyone has ever expressed any interest in faith in Jesus or in entering the Church, please ask them to get in touch with Deacon Bob and any of the priests. You might just be an evangelizer and not even know it.

Speaking of priests, Fr. Gustavo has been re-assigned by Cardinal Tobin to St. Aloysius in Jersey City, effective Tuesday, September 1. Though he has been with us for only thirteen months, three of which under lockdown, I know everyone has been moved by his enthusiasm for his ministry. On your behalf, I thank him for that enthusiasm and for his dedication during his time here. I know we all wish him well in his new assignment.

Cardinal Tobin has assigned one of the newly ordained, Rev. Anthony Palombo, to Mount Carmel. Fr. Palombo is no stranger to Ridgewood. His family moved here in 2007 even though he was already in college. As in the past, I will ask him to write a column for the bulletin once he arrives. His assignment is effective, September 1, 2020. Please keep both Fr. Gustavo and Fr. Palombo in your prayers in these weeks ahead.

Be well, be safe and God bless,
Fr. Ron

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