Congratulations! We’ve reached a milestone in our history! This weekend marks our 75th year as a parish, and we’re happy that Bishop Barbarito has come to celebrate the 11:30 Mass this Sunday with several of our priest-friends who have ties to our parish. What a delightful way that is for us to mark three-quarters of a century as the flagship and the oldest parish of the Catholic community in Delray Beach and beyond! From our parish were later broken off six more parishes and two missions in this area. The rapid growth of this parish over the years has offered us many kinds of challenges, and we have been greatly blessed by Almighty God for giving us fine priests, sisters, loyal families and individuals to meet those challenges. Our church and school and our many ministries have served this community quite well, thus far, and despite burps, bumps and hiccups we encounter along the way, we have been able to overcome various kinds of situations with the grace and courage that always comes from a loving God to His faithful people. As members of a prayerful, welcoming and supportive congregation, you can rejoice on this occasion because you are part of the true legacy of our parish — the building up of the Body of Christ in our midst!
Just as with any youngster, this requires quite a bit of patience, perseverance and persistence in order to come to full maturity. Even then, we can’t look at ourselves and say, “Well done; now we can rest.” That’s how things become sedentary and die. It takes continued effort on our part to nurture the seed that was planted by our founders in order to bear much fruit for generations to come. So, now is the time to renew our parish and continue its growth in additional ways, reaching out to a larger and more diversified community and to influence our members to meet the growing needs of our parish. How that will take shape depends upon you and your support of our expansion plans: a school addition to meet the overcrowded spaces that originally were intended for a smaller number of students, and the much-needed extensions to our limited church entrances to address the recurring problems we often encounter because of weather, physical handicap or seasonal overcrowding of our worship space. Your support, your gift, whether large or seemingly insignificant, to our “Living Our Faith, Building Our Future” capital campaign, will show that you’re interested in investing in the future of our parish.
Thank you to the men and women who have gone to great lengths to make our jubilee celebrations the beautiful occasions they have been: Julie Ott, Rabih & Shannon Boueri, Neil & Bridget O’Donnell, Kim Weber, Chrissy Hubiak, Marie Sesto, the Home and School Moms, Vikki Delgado, Jay & Linda Flood, Susan Grant, Alicia Donelon and a host of others whose names I can’t squeeze into this space – it almost reads like a Litany of Saints! They have made all of our celebrations not only possible but also beautiful. To this list, I add the parish choirs (youngsters and adults), our sponsors, underwriters and many volunteers who assist in the multi-phased areas of our observance. THANK YOU, AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU!!
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * N.B. To meet the needs of our visiting priests, the offering for Mass stipends will be increased for the first time in over forty years, effective May 1st. Announced Mass intentions for weekdays will be $15, and for Sundays will be $20. For Unannounced Mass intentions, to be offered by missionaries, the stipend will be $10.