Pastor's Desk August 26, 2018

Aug 23, 2018

  • The “Bread of Life Mini-Series”… our five-week reflection on the sixth chapter of St. John’s Gospel, (often called the “Bread of Life” chapter) comes to a close today with “Episode 5.”After Jesus preached that He is the Bread of Life, the people need to make a decision: Will they accept Jesus, or not? Some walked away. But the Twelve didn’t. May we affirm with Peter: “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.” 
  • Good-Bye, Kevin… For nearly five years, Kevin Maurer has served as our Director of Music Ministries and Organist. After 35 years of pastoral music ministry, Kevin is now retiring. This weekend is his final weekend here at St. John Capistran. We are very sad to see him go. Kevin has been a devoted pastoral musician who has led our parish in musical prayer in a caring and professional manner. His personal and musical gifts have enriched the lives of all of our parishioners and visitors who worship here. He has done a magnificent job working with our choirs and cantors. We have also been blessed with the talents of Kevin’s wife, Karen. On a personal note, Kevin is a true friend of mine, and it’s hard to say good-bye. Best wishes, Kevin. Thank you, and may you know God’s many blessings. 
  • Hello, Daniel… Next weekend, Kevin’s successor, Daniel Kovacic, will begin his ministry here at St. John Capistran, building on Kevin’s work, yet bringing his own gifts and talents to our parish. Daniel most recently served as the Minister of Music and Organist at St. Winifred Church in Mt. Lebanon. Prior to that, he held a similar position at St. Valentine Parish in Bethel Park. Daniel is a 2007 graduate of Seton Hill University with his Bachelor of Music Degrees in Music Education and Sacred Music. He completed his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from West Virginia University in 2013. Daniel serves as an officer of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians Pittsburgh Chapter as Director of the Director of Music Ministries Division. I have known Daniel for a number of years, and am happy that he is joining our parish staff. Daniel and his wife Isabelle just recently celebrated the baptism of their first child, Gabriel. Welcome, Daniel! 
  • Our annual Mission Appeal… occurs next weekend, September 1 & 2. We will welcome to our parish Fr. Jinu Puthussery V.C., a Vincentian Missionary Priest from India to participate in our Annual Missionary Cooperation Plan. He will share his missionary experience at all the Masses next weekend and will make an appeal on behalf of the Vincentian Missions. The Vincentian Congregation (V.C.) was founded in Kerala, India in 1904, modeled after the Congregation of the Mission founded by St. Vincent de Paul. Members of this flourishing Religious Congregation are engaged in Mission Work in all parts of India and in East Africa and in Peru. The Vincentian Missionaries need our help to carry out their many missionary, educational and charitable activities. They need our special financial support for the training of young men studying for priesthood. The second collection next weekend will be given to support these worthwhile missionary efforts. 
  • School bells will soon be ringing… for many of our young people! Let’s keep students, families, teachers, and school administrators in our prayer as this new school year begins. May it be a time of growth, and may our schools reflect the values that are important to us.