Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever!
Today is a most wonderful day to give praise and thanksgiving to God our loving Father, to Jesus Christ, His beloved Son, and to the Holy Spirit, source of life and love, as our parish joyfully celebrates its 125th anniversary, a day we have all been waiting and preparing for! Thanks be to God for this historic event in the life of our parish family.
We welcome Bishop David M. O’Connell, CM, Shepherd of the Diocese of Trenton, who will be the presider and homilist of the Mass of Thanksgiving that will be celebrated at 12:00 Noon today and concelebrated by several priests, many who have served here. We welcome our religious sisters especially the good Sisters of St. Joseph who have long tradition of teaching in our grammar and high schools, civic officials from the Borough of Belmar, faculty, staff and alumni from St. Rose Grammar School and St. Rose High School, and so many others who have come from near and far to celebrate this milestone in the life and history of St. Rose Church.
Today, we joyously celebrate as a parish family. My heart is filled with abundant gratitude to all of you, especially those who have worked “behind the scenes” in preparing for this blessed celebration. To all, a sincere and heartfelt Thank You and May God Bless You! The theme of our anniversary celebration is contained in the word GIFT: Growing In Faith Together:
…Thank you to our Parochial Vicar Rev. Neiser Cardenas, to the priests who assist us, Msgr. Tom Salemi and Fr. Dave Baratelli, to all the beloved pastors, the priests, the weekend assistants, who in these 125 years have shared the gift of their priesthood with this parish community, bringing Christ to the Catholic faithful here in Belmar, NJ. Thank you to Deacons Normand Bailey, Eugene Malhame, Richard Weber, Eugene Genovese for the diaconal service they have given and continue to give to our parish and to their wives who support them in their ministry.
…Thank you, faithful parishioners of St. Rose, as well as all our friends, and benefactors, for the gift of your time, talent, and treasure shared in our parish…those who have been part of our proud history, those present, and those in the future who will make St. Rose Church their spiritual home. Thank you not only for your material support of St. Rose Church but for the spiritual support you give to build up our community of faith.
…Thank you to our present parish trustees, Bob Jenkins and Bill Pasko, members of the Parish Finance Committee, Pastoral Council, School Advisory Boards, all of our parish organizations and ministries who share their gifts in a variety of ways, revealing the joy and beauty of the Holy Spirit present among us. And of course, how could we not thank our ever-faithful maintenance man who is always there whenever you need him… a “jack of all trades”—Charlie Kapighian!
…Thank you to the ANNIVERSARY STEERING COMMITTEE who worked so hard during the past year preparing every detail of this celebration and several events throughout the year: Eileen Ziesmer (Chairperson), Carolyn Barda, Carol De Bartolo, Bob and Sue Durkin, Stephanie Engelstad, Ann Marie Hunt, Mary Maralla, Tom and Donna Mulooly, Marianne O’Malley, John Prorok, and Lisa Marie Yavarone. THE HISTORY JOURNAL COMMITTEE: Stephanie Engelstad, Joann Fossani, Ann Marie Hunt, Margaret Moore, and Eileen Ziesmer. A job well done and coordinated so well!
…Thank you to Tim Novembre, our Music Director/ Organist for the past five years who leaves us after this weekend (“Thank you, Tim”, for EVERYTHING you did these past five years to enliven our celebration of the Eucharist through your musical gifts and talents) and to our hard-working and talented choir, altar servers, sacristans, ushers, lectors, and all who were involved in today’s Mass of Thanksgiving.
…Thank you to the Knights of Columbus, Msgr. Reilly Council 5611, for all they did especially in helping with our Parish Picnic this past August on the Feast of St. Rose, and their presence at the Mass of Thanksgiving today. Thank you to the faculty, staff, administration and students of St. Rose Grammar School and St. Rose High School, to our wonderful administrative assistants at the Parish Center, Carol De Bartolo and Joann Fossani, for all their help not only with the preparation of this anniversary but for all they do day after day in the Parish Center; to Naomi Reissner and the Belmar Historical Society, and to Chris at Buona Serra Palazzao for all his assistance in preparing for the Gala Dinner Dance that will be held this afternoon.. AND…
…Thank You to our Elizabeth Ministry who will help us continue our parish 125th Anniversary celebration for the entire parish next Sunday, October 12th, after the 11:30 am Mass with a special complimentary Brunch in the High School Cafeteria. The winners of the children’s essay contest “St. Rose is Gift to me because…” will be announced and awarded prizes. Thank you to all the members of our Elizabeth Ministry who set up, work and staff our monthly “Hospitality Sunday”: Lisa Marie Yavarrone, Boris Jelic, Don Klimaszewski, Frank and Carol Cozzi, Karen Crowley, Fran Klimaszewski, Ceil Jelic, Robert Knight, Gerri Ann Swenarton and her children Emily and Sean who assist at the craft table for the children. Please join us next Sunday!
To all and everyone who in any small or large way contributed to today’s historic celebration, as well as to those whom I may have inadvertently forgotten to mention: I pray that our loving and gracious God in His wonderful love and mercy bless you abundantly and reward you for your love, kindness, generosity, and most of all deep faith as you live it our at St. Rose Parish! May eternal rest and peace be upon all the deceased priests, sisters and parishioners of St. Rose who have been part of these 125 years. Today, on this our 125th Anniversary Celebration, we to remember who we are as a parish community as framed in our Parish Mission Statement:
“Gathered in the Holy Spirit and empowered by the Holy Eucharist, the Catholic community of St. Rose embraces our mission to know and to teach our faith, to proclaim and witness the Gospel through Word, Sacrament, and Prayer, and to serve others with hope and love as disciples of Jesus Christ.”
Happy and Blessed Anniversary! May God bless you and keep you always in His Love! St. Rose of Lima, pray for us!
View a slideshow of today’s Mass here.
Listen to the “Gloria” led by the choir here: Glory To God.
Listen to Bishop O’Connell’s homily here: Homily Bishop David
Listen to Father Ed’s words of Thanks here: Thanksgiving Father Ed
I invite you to scroll down on this page and leave a comment. I look forward to reading your thoughts!
Submit your photos! You are invited to send your best cellphone photo of you and your family at Mass — at the entrance to church, in front of a stained glass window or seated in your pew. Photos will be posted on the following or a subsequent weekend, as space permits. Please give the name(s) as you would like it to be listed under the photo. [Send the photo(s) to GJRyan(“at”)optonline.net]
Spend time with today’s Scripture Readings (October 5, 2014) here.
Joyfully in the Lord,
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish