September 2, 2018

August 28, 2018

From Father Jordan

My Dear Ones,

May the Grace of our Lord remain always with us!

As I announced to you last week at the two Sunday Masses, the former Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, has brought allegations against Pope Francis and the highest-ranking cardinals of our Church forth to the United States. The charges are disturbing, frightening, heartbreaking, and can shake us to the very foundation of our faith. As I also mentioned to you last week, now more than ever we need one another! We need to support one another by our common prayer and penance; our willingness to dialogue with one another in an irenic manner; and our common mission to not become discouraged or lose hope. As my Spiritual Director always tells me, “discouragement is an engraved invitation to the evil one to come and get you.” The devil has been busy enough! With God’s Grace, we can stop the devil in his tracks!

On Tuesday of this past week I met with Bill Cooper, our Director of Music and Organist. During that meeting Bill told me that he would be retiring from Saint Sebastian’s as of Sunday, October 29. We discussed a possible later date, but after talking we agreed upon October 29. I know I speak for every member of Saint Sebastian’s when I offer Bill our profound gratitude, thanks, admiration, and best wishes. Bill joined Saint Sebastian’s at Thanksgiving of 2010; his ministry to the Parish has been marked by artistry, kindness, and dedication. God Bless you, Bill; we will miss you!

Bill’s decision to retire causes other changes. In order to continue our tradition of liturgical music, Andrew Garrepy will join Saint Sebastian’s on the weekend of September 15 & 16. Andrew will be the Cantor and Choir Coordinator until we are able to find a new Director of Music and Organist. Andrew is a talented, liturgically minded, and gracious individual: we are fortunate to have him in our midst.

Because of Andrew’s particular skill set, our cantors Marie Brito and Lori Maciel will conclude their ministry on the weekend of September 8 and 9. Like Bill, I offer Marie and Lori the thanks and appreciation of the entire Parish Community for their years of dedicated, caring, and beautiful service. We wish Marie and Lori every blessing and assure them they always have a home at Saint Sebastian. Ms. Marie will, of course, continue as the Coordinator of Religious Education for the Parish.

Lots going on and lots to pray for!

Until we meet at the altar, O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us, who have recourse to Thee!

In the Lord,

Fr. Jordan, OP



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