Thank You to All Volunteers
I want to thank all the volunteers who have dedicated their time and energy during the Holy Week and Easter Triduum celebrations last week. Thank you to those who have prepared palms, church cleaners and decorators, ushers and marshals, acolytes and altar servers, lectors, musicians and singers. You have made our activities be safe, joyful, and a faith-filled celebration.
Special thanks to Felice Montrone for organising our Easter Triduum very well. My thanks also go to Rosa Peronace of A. O’Hare Funeral Director, who donated beautiful flower arrangements so that our altar looked radiant. I do not forget to thank Giuseppe Leggio, Antonio Coco, and the Neo-Catechumenal group members. They have donated a green recycling bin to the Parish so that the 10 cents bottles can now be accommodated in a more appropriate and safer place. Thank you very much for your contributions, may God bless you all.
Congratulation to Mark
I also congratulate Mark Power, who has received the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil this year. Thanks to Bridget and Jason, his sponsors, for faithfully accompanying Mark in his preparation. Let us pray for Mark and helping him to live the Catholic faith even more vigorously.
Invitation to Join Our Teams
Being a volunteer in the church is a challenging task, but at the same time, noble. It is said to be challenging because we are willing to contribute our time, energy, and talents without expecting anything in return. This principle is contrary to the hedonism and consumerism motives today. However, volunteering in the church is also a noble task because we serve our Lord Jesus Christ himself, not humans. Saint Paul made this point to the Colossians, “Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ.” (Col. 3:23-24).
Therefore, dedication to becoming a volunteer in the church is a calling. If you feel called to become a volunteer in our Parish, please contact the Parish Office via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently, our Parish is opening vast opportunities for new volunteers as catechists, extraordinary ministers of the Holy Communion, acolytes, altar servers, lectors, musicians/singers, etc. If deemed necessary, the Parish will prepare regular training for all church volunteers. Thank you very much for your supports. God will reward you with his abundant blessings. – Fr Pio.