June 25, 2017

THANK YOU FR. MIGUEL

In his first homily at our parish, Fr. Miguel shared the story of his grandmother’s holiday table, set and ready with plentiful and festive foods. The family is gathered to eat and suddenly “click” – she turns the TV on and says, “First you watch the Mass!”

Fr. Miguel has faithfully shared the Mass with us in his reverent and elegant way for the last two years

WE REMEMBER

We remember that you were ordained in our Church and how we prayed for you before your arrival to us as a new priest. As our first impression, your winning smile and polite, gentlemanly manner expressed your priestly charism. Intelligent and well-read you pursued your study of English, with enthusiasm, three nights a week at Montclair State.

WE CELEBRATE

We celebrate your gift for sports, especially soccer and cycling, which inspired our youth including the altar servers. Your service to our school, religious education, youth ministry and sacramental roles added to our parish life.

WE BELIEVE

We believe that as you gather around the altar table in your new parish, the Keys of the Kingdom which you share will be the “click” needed for those entrusted to your care to continue their Opus Christi, Christ’s work.

We pray that with God’s providence you will always ask in prayer, “OK God, What’s the Good News.” We know that you will be the answer to that prayer for many years ahead in ways, “beyond anything you could even hope for or imagine.” Ephesians 3:20.

We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe in you.
Father Joe

WRAPPING FR. MIGUEL IN PRAYER

With grateful love we kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth receives a name. We pray that God’s glorious bounty will strengthen you with the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in your inner being.

May you know that Christ dwells in your heart through faith. May you be rooted and grounded in love. May you experience with all of the Lord’s holy people the width and length and height and depth of the love of Christ.

May you know the love that surpasses all knowledge – that you may be filled with the fullness of God.

Now to God who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ever ask for or imagine, according to the power that is at work within us, to God be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all generations forever and ever!
AMEN Ephesians 3:14-21

THANK YOU AND GOD’S BLESSINGS

I thank my God, each time I think of you and when I pray, I pray with gladness.” Philippians 1:3

I was ordained both a Deacon in May of 2014 and Priest in 2015 here at Saint Philip the Apostle Parish. I have been blessed to be assigned as Parochial Vicar during the last two years. God has been generous with me through your love and care in my priestly ministry. I have become a better priest because of your faith in and witness to God’s love, as we shared in the celebration of the Sacraments and the many activities of our parish. Thank you for your faithful support.

I would like to thank our parish staff, the Altar Servers, the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, the Lectors, the Ushers, the RCIA Team, the Religious Education program, Confirmation program, the Youth Ministry, the Knights of Columbus, the Columbiettes and Rosarians. I admire all of you in ministry groups for your ardent, fervent and dedicated service as well as your care for the people and me. Special thanks to the school for your sharing and love shown to me during my stay here.

Dear students and all youth, looking to your future, I see you as great people doing great work for God. Be brave, adventurous and embrace the world in all its totality, for it is in our world that God is to be found. God is in every human face and in all of Creation.

I am very grateful for Fr. Joe, Monsignor Kevin and Fr. Julio. It has been a privilege to serve the people of God with you. I am truly edified and have grown through the pastoral ministry and friendship that we have built. It will be an important part of my priesthood forever.

You will all be in my prayers every day at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Please continue to pray for me, as I will remember you. It is hard to leave, but we remember that a priest’s life is about more than a particular place or people. Our work is first about Jesus, the Risen Son of God. We all are invited to look to God every morning, and lose ourselves in that bright light. When we pray in that way, our lives will be like a sunrise, full of the golden fire of Christ’s grace. God’s blessings upon you all.
Fr. Miguel

PAROCHIAL VICAR ASSIGNMENT CHANGES

Rev. J. Miguel Jimenez has been reassigned to St. Mary’s Assumption and St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Churches effective June 29, 2017.
Rev. Mateusz Jasniewicz currently stationed at St. Cecelia, Rockaway is assigned to St. Philip the Apostle Church effective June 29, 2017.

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