Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Installation of the new Pastor at St. Joseph's, Moose Jaw

On November 16th I was in Moose Jaw at St. Joseph's Parish to install Fr. Francis Folleh CSSp as the new Pastor of the Parish. Fr. Francis is a member of the Spiritan Fathers, West African Province.
It was a pleasure to celebrate the Eucharist with the Parish Community at the Saturday evening Mass and the first Mass on Sunday morning. At each Mass there was a full company of Altar Servers. It is wonderful to see our young people carrying out this ministry at the altar in the parish liturgies. In the picture also are Fr. Job Addai, the Associate priest at St. Joseph's and also the brand new chaplain at CFB Moose Jaw.
At the early Sunday Mass there was also a full compliment of servers whom we see here along with the Pastoral Assistant, Lamont Dyck.

Lector: Listen to the words of our Lord according to Saint John: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Bishop: It is the duty of the Pastor to bring to his people the healing power and mercy of Our Lord Jesus Christ, reconciling them to God and one another. When you do this, remember your own weakness.

Pastor: I will do so, with the help of God.


Lector: Listen to the words of St. Paul written to the Corinthians: “For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”

Bishop: It is the duty of the Pastor to bring the faithful together to celebrate the Eucharist. When you do this, make them as sign of the Lord’s enduring presence among God’s People.
Pastor: I will do so, with the help of God.

Fr. Francis makes his Profession of Faith and swears his Oath of Allegiance to the Church and its teachings.

And signs the papers.

And the newly installed Pastor is warmly welcomed by his people.

On the right of Fr. Francis is Fr. Bob Colburn, the new Provincial Superior of the Spiritans of the TransCanada Province and on my left we were joined in the Mass by Fr. Tony Sevali CSSP, the Pastor of Church of Our Lady in Moose Jaw. The Archdiocese is very pleased to have the priests of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit in our diocese to care for the parishes in Moose Jaw and also of St. Mary in Central Butte and St. John the Evangelist in Marquis.

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