April 23, 2017 – A View from the Rectory Window

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Recently Pope Francis urged priests against “loosing their roots”: a priest “always remains a man of the people and the culture that have produced him; our roots help us to remember who we are and to where Christ has called us. We priests do not fall from above but are instead called by God, who takes us ‘from among people’, to ‘ordain us for people’.”

On the cover of this week’s bulletin is a picture of Monsignor Zegers, the founding pastor of the Church of the Resurrection, laying hands on me at my ordination to the priesthood twenty-five years ago on May 16, 1992.

On May 23, 1992, I returned to the Church of the Resurrection to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving with the community who prayed, supported and encouraged me through ten years of seminary formation.

And so, almost twenty-five years to the day, on May 21, at 11:00am, I invite you to join me at the Church of the Resurrection as I offer a Mass of Thanksgiving to God for you and all those you love who have continued to pray, support and encourage me. Following the Mass we will have a picnic on the campus.

I will supply the burgers and the dogs if you will bring the desserts. In order for me to have an accurate head count, please contact the office (609) 390-0664 by Friday, May 12. Or, you can sign up after all Masses, in Saint Casimir Church and the Church of the Resurrection on the weekends of April 29/30 and May 6/7.

All . . . young and old, are invited. In addition to your presence, I invited Pope Francis. The following picture was his response:

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I am grateful to God that I am rooted in you.

Father Pete