News From Father Todd
This weekend we celebrate with joy the ordination to the Permanent Diaconate of our parishioner and friend, Deacon Paul Fisherkeller. Paul was ordained by Archbishop-Designate Charles Thompson Saturday morning at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul with twenty other men of the Archdiocese.
The 11:45 a.m. Mass this Sunday is a Mass in Thanksgiving for the gift of Paul's ordination and for the gift of the Permanent Diaconate to the Church. Mass will be followed by a reception in Monsignor Schafer Hall to give us the opportunity to congratulate Paul and his wife, Sandy. Deacon Paul has been assigned to St. Mark Parish and will follow in the footsteps of Deacons Kerry Blandford and Tom Horn in fulfilling this ministry of charity in our midst. Congratulations, Deacon Paul!
Fr. Bill Marks has visited the parish, met with the parish staff and shared a meal with the Pastoral Council in preparation for beginning his ministry among us on Wednesday, July 5th. Welcome Fr. Bill!
Next weekend we will welcome Fr. Henry Byekwaso from the Archdiocese of Kampala, Uganda, to St. Mark for the first of this year's Mission Appeals. Each year we have the privilege of welcoming two missionaries to the parish to give us the opportunity to share in the missionary work of the Church. I know that Fr. Henry will receive a warm welcome. There will be a second collection to assist the Archdiocese of Kampala. Thank you for your generosity!
Deacon Tom and I wish to thank everyone for the beautiful farewell reception that was held last weekend. We also thank you for the gifts, the good wishes and kind words. Above all, we thank you for the privilege we have had of ministering among you for the past five years. May God bless and keep you!
See you at Mass!