To the editor:
In the last several months at Our Mother of Sorrows Church in Greece, of which I’m a parishioner, we have lost two pastors, one to retirement and the other to a leave of absence. We have also lost a deacon. Considering the aforementioned, Mother of Sorrows continues to strive. With its rich history that goes back as far as 1829, the Holy Spirit is alive and well in our parishioners, young and old, thanks to the dedicated effort and teamwork of our pastoral staff currently directed by Sister Leandra Kosmoski, SSJ, administrator, ably assisted by our retired priests in residence, Fathers Winfried Kellner and Edwin Metzger. Father Kellner will be celebrating his Golden Jubilee on June 3. Our office staff continues to shine with our secretary Linda Hoefler and Michele DellaPietra, business manager. Our music director is a beautifully voiced Anthony Baron. Our Youth ministry is led by Jodi Schott and Funtime Program by Barbara Leary. We have a stellar Men’s Club led by its ageless president, Al Climer. Boy Scouts, troop 130, and their annual spaghetti dinners are a treat to behold. We have leaders in various programs such as our Pastoral Council, Liturgy Committee, Pre-Cana, RCIA, Girl Scouts, Sports Program, Legion of Mary, etc. Yes, it’s quite obvious that I’m proud to be a parishioner of a church where we try to actively practice our faith by challenging ourselves to be centered in Jesus Christ, inspired by the Holy Spirit to seek and do God’s will. We live Stewardship and are grateful to God for the many gifts we have received like time, talent and treasure, hopefully ensuing long-term stability of our parish. Isn’t that quite a group of talent that any new pastor of a parish would be proud to have?
Joseph P. Paris