A ‘Thank You’ from Father Casey
It is a true blessing for me to be formally installed as your pastor on this great occasion! My heart is overwhelmed with gratitude to our Bishop and to you, the people of God, for this opportunity to serve.
To use the words of St. Augustine as pastor of his people: “What I am for you terrifies me; what I am with you consoles me. For you, I am a [Pastor]; but with you, I am a Christian. The former is a duty; the latter a grace. The former is a danger; the latter, salvation.”
I am excited for the upcoming years as we grow together along the path to salvation in the arms of our loving savior!
We are blessed here with a community that is alive and active. We serve the needy and hungry of our community through food distribution and assistance offered through our Saint Vincent de Paul society. From food distribution ministry to catechesis to whatever else is needed in our parish, when I ask for a sharing of gifts of time, talent or treasure, the need is always met with immediate generosity.
This is not my parish. It never was. And it never will be. This parish belongs to Jesus Christ as we together exercise the stewardship of what the Lord has given us to serve the common good of this community. Thus, this is your parish, people of God, at the service of Jesus Christ for the greater glory of God Our Father!
Yes, this parish is alive and well-cared-for thanks to your generosity and hard work in cooperation with the grace Almighty God has given us!
I am humbled by all who have worked diligently to make this a beautiful celebration. From the liturgical ministries of altar servers, Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, our growing music ministry, to those who clean and decorate our Church, to those who assist with the maintenance of our buildings and grounds, to those committee members who help me exercise good stewardship, to those who daily teach our children, those who help provide food and set up for events, to those who assist in our offices, you are all part of the celebration today, and I cannot thank you enough.
Parishioners, volunteers and staff, you are St. Elizabeth Seton Parish and School and it is my blessing to serve you!
I am humbled by your love and generosity!
Father Casey Jones