Friday, November 14, 2008

Installation of the new Pastor at Holy Child

This past weekend I was at Holy Child & St. Joseph the Worker parishes to install Fr. Lorne Crozon as their new Pastor. In addition to his duties as Pastor of these parish communities, Fr. Lorne also serves the Diocesan Church as Director of Organization and Development.
Here's Fr. Lorne
My weekend Masses began at St. Joseph the Worker parish on Saturday afternoon. The church of St. Joseph the Worker was built in 1962/1963 by Msgr. Gerein. Twenty two years later St. Joseph the Worker and Holy Child were united under one pastor, Fr. Balzer.
At the Mass three men of the parish served in the ministry of Acolyte. It is nice to see adults also serving the Church in this ministry of serving at the altar. These men carried out their ministry well and contributed to the beauty of the Mass as did those who led the people in singing God's praises in the Eucharist.

The church is beautifully kept and for this mass was decorated in the theme of this month of prayer for our departed sisters and brothers. Tasteful decorations on this Sunday recalled those who had given their lives in service to their country and moved us to pray to God for them.

On Sunday morning we celebrated the installation of the new pastor at Holy Child.

Here we also had good and generous young people who served as acolytes. Also present to concelebrate the Eucharist were Fr. Gene Shaffer who helps out every weekend at the parish, and one of our newest priests, Fr. Valentine.

Following the rite at the Baptismal Font, we moved to the Reconciliation Room. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is connected to Baptism. For by the power of this Sacrament, Christ offers the possibility to recover baptismal grace to those who have lost it through serious sin and re-establishes communion with the church:

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.

At the Ambo, the pastor and the community are reminded of the central importance of the Word of God in every celebration of the Eucharist. The Church teaches us that during the Eucharist we are fed at "two tables": the table of the Word and the table of the Eucharist. We are also reminded that Christ is present in a real way in the Word that we hear at each Liturgy, as He is present in the Presiding Priest, in the Assembly of Baptized who celebrate the Eucharist and offer the Eucharistic Sacrifice with and through the Priest, and in a preeminent way in the eucharistic elements of bread and wine which have become the Body and Blood of Christ for us.

Lector: Listen to the words written the letter to the Hebrews: “Indeed, the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Heb 4:12)

Bishop: It is the duty of the Pastor rightly to proclaim the Holy Gospel, and diligently to instruct Lectors. When you do this, lead your people to receive the Word of God in faith.

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

Fr. Valentine helped me out during the Rite of Installation. Here we have a reminder of the contribution that our overseas priests contribute to the life of our Archdiocese. After a time of living with a local priest to become accustomed to our local church and their new country, they then take responsibility for a parish and assure the pastoral care of the Church for our people.


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