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Bishop Noonan Calls Us to Pray
 
All life is sacred as each one of us is made in the image and likeness of God.  We cherish each person as a child of God.  We pray for victims of violence and acts of terror...for their families and friends...and all those affected by such acts against God's love. We pray for the people of the city of Orlando that God's mercy and love will be upon us as we seek healing and consolation.  Every time we look at the Cross, we see how God has forgiven us in Christ – with a love that bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things; love never fails. We dry the tears of those who weep and mourn as gently as Veronica wiped the Lord’s bleeding face on the Via Dolorosa. May the Peace of Christ dwell within our heart.

 

                                                                                                   June 2016

My Dear Friends,                                                                                       

 

     I have been blessed to be here for 18 years. For the most part it has been absolutely delightful.  The damages of the storms of 2004 and 2005 were tough! 2007 and 2008 were really trying. The recession racked us, our staff and our school. It demolished the morale of our staff. But we survived it. God is always good. We are stronger for the experience. Some staff members were deeply hurt, but they have not only survived but thrived. Life goes on if we live by faith!

     I take this opportunity to thank all of our staff members that have struggled and striven to do and be their best all these years. I could not have asked for a better group of people to team with in the mission of this parish and school. I thank the members of this community that have been so very generous with their time, their talent and their treasure. You are so wonderful as ministers and leaders, catechists and generous supporters. Know that I love you dearly. At my retirement reception I greeted so many people for four and a half hours. To my surprise I knew almost all of you. And you are precious to me. Thank you!

     You have some tough times coming. After all these years there are some things that need to be fixed. The lower roof of the church, the chiller for the 100 and 200 buildings, the ACs in the 300 building, just to name a few. And our reserves need to be restored. A capital campaign is coming. Soon. You have always been there, generous, and with no difficulty stepped up to the plate in sacrifice. We probably need about $1.5 million dollars. You did it before when I first arrived. I know you can do it again.  I know you will be there with Fr. J.

     I take this opportunity to welcome Fr Jeremiah Payne. He is a good man, highly intelligent, a fine preacher, teacher and presider over the liturgy. And he has a very humorous side! I leave you in good hands. Be as good to him as you have been with me. You will all thrive! Blessed be God!

     I intend to stay in the area. I own my house with Sally. Diocesan policy requires that I not work in the parish for a year to give the new pastor room to establish his own domain. I understand that and respect it. It will be tough, because you have been my prayer community for almost two decades. Please pray for me. With his permission, after 12 months, I can return to serve our community. Please pray for me, as I will for you. Love Fr. J as much as you have loved me. God bless and keep you. Pray that I stay healthy and can come back to serve you in “my old age.”

 

In His Love,

Fr. Bob

Year of Mercy Prayer

 

Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee

Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the 

Samaritan woman:
"If you knew the gift of God!"


You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

Amen.

UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS:
Read the full text of the Bishops’ 1994 Pastoral Letter, “Confronting a Culture of Violence: A Catholic Framework for Action” at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/culture-of-violence.cfm.