Prayers for all as the new school year begins
We are just days away from Labor Day — which means another summer has come and gone, and students and teachers will be heading back to school. Included in this is our diocesan seminarians, who will begin another year of discernment and formation.
A couple of weeks ago, my parish community had a send-off Mass for James “Jimmy” Muscatella, who will begin his first year of seminary for the diocesan priesthood at St. John’s Seminary in Boston. Jimmy has been an active member of our parish community — from helping with our faith-formation program, to assisting to our high-school youth group, to being an active member of the Knights of Columbus. He also has been involved with youth and young-adult programming at the diocese.
I have enjoyed getting to know Jimmy over the past few years. When you are around him, it is not hard to see how extremely passionate he is about his faith. His enormous amount of excitement to share his faith with the young people he ministers to is inspiring. I saw it firsthand when Jimmy and I were asked to lead a youth-group meeting in the spring in place of our youth minister, who was on retreat. Not only did the youths enjoy laughing and talking with him, but you could see how they respected him and looked to him as a role model for their faith journey.
While Jimmy’s presence will surely be missed by our faith community, he will definitely be in our thoughts and prayers as he discerns God’s call for his life.
As this new school year commences, I pray for all those entering new chapters in their lives, that God guides them on their journeys and that they find success and many blessings along the way.