Last weekend saw the ordination of 7 men to the priesthood by Archbishop Chaput at the Cathedral Basilica. Ordination weekend is also the time for the announcement of priest personnel changes. At all the Masses last weekend, we shared the news of Father Buck going to Archbishop Ryan High School, Northeast Philadelphia.
Father Buck, a few months ago, shared with me his interest and desire to enter High School Ministry. After prayer and reflection, he wrote to the Archbishop expressing his willingness to enter High School Ministry, if there was a need. Given the needs of the archdiocese, the Archbishop has reassigned Father Buck to High School Ministry.
Father Buck has been with us for such a short time but his energy, zeal, funny stories and enthusiasm have touched many. These very traits will help him greatly in ministering among our high school age students. While sad to see him leave Saint Eleanor, we offer him our prayers for every success. We know he will do well.
We also announced last weekend that the Archbishop is sending us a brand new priest, just ordained last weekend ~ Father Alessandro Giardini. Many of you will remember him since he spent a year with us during his seminary training as an acolyte. We welcome Father Giardini with great joy.
These changes will take place June 17, so we have time to say thanks and good-bye to Father Buck before welcoming Father Giardini. Keep them and all our priests in your kind prayers.
An update on maintenance. After much discussion and reviewing multiple options, we reached the decision to outsource our parish and school maintenance needs. The company, First Property Management Solution, is already doing this work at three other parishes very successfully. There will be a full-time onsite technician/mechanic who will have the back-up assistance of fellow mechanics for larger projects. The technicians/mechanics are skilled in all of the trades and therefore able to do almost all of the maintenance repairs and projects themselves. They are very hands on and focused on good relationships with parish and school staff as well as parishioners and visitors. They work effectively on immediate needs and have an eye on preventative maintenance as well. The other parishes have found them exemplary. With this change of direction, we offer a word of public gratitude and thanks to Ted Locker and Rich Bechtel for their understanding and for the service they gave to our parish and school.
Finally, on Memorial Day at our 9 am Mass, we will have a special Memorial Day celebration. After the Mass, we will offer additional prayers for all our fallen heroes who gave their lives in defense of our country and freedom around the world. As in past years, we anticipate the active participation of many of our veterans, Scouts and local first responders. It is a moving, stirring and honored way to begin whatever holiday plans you may have for the day. Hope to see you here. To everyone, a happy and blessed Memorial Day!
God bless you, God love you,