PARISH FEAST AND PROCESSION 2023

OH! BLESS THE LORD MY SOUL!!!

PARISH FEAST 2022Oh! Bless the Lord my soul, bless his holy name!Before I go to bed this evening I have to share my strong feelings of gratitude for such a wonderful celebration today in honor of our saints and of the Blessed Eucharist, CORPUS CHRISTI.      First, I want to thank all the committee, guided by Eduardo and volunteers, Deacon, Altar Servers, Music choir and children that generously gave their time and talents. I think this has been the best feast that I remember.The Liturgical celebration and the procession were very reverent and prayerful, even with so many details to keep in mind. All the groups participated beautifully, representing their own country.A few men were missing both for the statue and the canopy, but we will put the names down for each saint for next year.     Second the procession was very well participated and prayerful. Maybe we should improve on the sound a bit, but everybody was praying. It was orderly and very reverential.     The social event after the procession created such a beautiful spirit of unity, love and welcome among so many people. The menace of the rain (80% announced by the weather channel) did not discourage anyone; the music was well guided and appropriate. The dancing brought everyone together. Entire families were dancing next to each other. We could bread the joy and the spirit of community, which is the sign of a true Christian faith. (They will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another).     At 7:30pm (we close the celebration at 6:00pm) a brief shower fell on the parking lot, when practically everyone was gone. That we the clear sign from God, that he held the shower till the end of our day. Thanks Jesus, Thanks St. Catherine, Tanks JB Scalabrini, St. Anthony and St, Joseph, without forgetting Our Lady. We have such an army of intercessors, that we now can ask for anything to God and He has to give it to us!!!     So tonight I really go to bed very, very happy; not so much for the success, but because I feel that we are a “real Christian community”; out of many nations we are forming ONE FAMILY; as out Founder St. John Baptist Scalabrini had envisioned and wished for all migrants.      So thank to all of you that believe in the love of God and in the possibility to build here on earth, the Kingdom of God as Jesus come to announce.Thanks, Thanks, Thanks.

About Fr. Walter

Father Walter Tonelotto was born in Italy in 1947 and entered the Scalabrini Seminary at an early age. At 20 he was sent by his superiors to study Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York and then to the Toronto School of Theology. He holds a Master in Divinity from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa and a Master in Moral Theology from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, New York City.