My brothers and sisters in Christ!
There is certainly a lot of ground to cover in this weeks Pastor’s Blog!
First, to Father Ricardo as we bid him the best as he begins his new assignment at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Colorado Springs. It has been a great gift to have this most wonderful brother priest assigned here at St. Francis. It has been a great gift watching him grow in the command of the English language and celebrate the Sacraments with that great joy that he has done for the past four years. Please join me in wishing him the best as he begins this new chapter of his life at St. Mary’s Cathedral!
Second, please join me in welcoming Father Mark Zacker as our new Parochial Vicar.
Fr. Mark has been a priest for over 23 years, served as Pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Colorado Springs for the past twelve years. Because of the shortage of priests that are bilingual and because of his great heart and care, he has been in Mexico for the last five plus months honing his skills in Spanish. I am proud of Fr. Mark. He is a great priest with a great heart! We are very blessed to have him assigned here! Please join me in welcoming him to our parish.
Third, this past Saturday Daniel Cook was ordained as a Permanent Deacon by Bishop Rodriquez -Novelo of the Archdiocese of Denver. I had the privilege of attending his Ordination. Dan was a parishioner and the owner of an Accounting Firm that helped us in our daily operations. Dan was instrumental in our pre-construction services and the construction of our new Church Sanctuary. I am very proud of Dan. Dan and his wife who moved to the Silverthorne/Breckenridge area several years ago. Deacon Tom Liotta had the privilege of vesting him at his Ordination. Please join me in congratulating Deacon Dan Cook! Bishop Jorge reminded us that “deacons are the icon of Christ the servant!”
Fourth, I want to thank my ever hard working staff for all of their hard work and organizational skills with the absolutely beautiful First Holy Communion Masses and Receptions that took place this weekend. It was great to see so many young people receive with such great joy their First Holy Communion. A personal thanks to Vicki Arndt who was able to assist a lot as well!
Fifth, Dr. Lynne Lane, one of our parishioners is retiring as the RCIA Director at Ave Maria Parish where she has served for 31 years. What a phenomenal legacy of walking with, preparing and leading so many, many souls to Christ. Lynne, we wish you the best and many, many blessings!
Finally, Father Mark and I had the chance to welcome back our young adults and adult chaperones who were on the Work Camp. A personal thanks to all who participated and especially to all of you who have supported this great work throughout the years. I am very grateful to Tod Masters for his leadership and his great organizational skills and initiative.
A job well done Tod! A job well done Teens and chaperones! We are very proud of your commitment to serve and care for those in need!
To all of you, keep doing the great work that you are doing! You’re the best!