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Easter Sunday – April 16
Mass at 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM
Women’s Club News
September 14, 2016 – Maureen Gentile will help us make fleece blankets for the Annual diocesan Blanket drive.
September 24-25, 2016 – Diaper Drive for the Bethlehem House.
October 1-2, 2016 – Final Diaper Drive for the Bethlehem House.
October 12, 2016 – Pot Luck Supper @ 6:30PM. Julie Zguro will attend, representing Mineral Hills Winery and will conduct wine tastings during supper.
November 9, 2016 – Nicole Provenzano will show us the art of meditation and stress release.
November 26-27, 2016 – Basket Raffle
December 3-4, 2016 – Basket Raffle
December 14, 2016 – Christmas party; $5 gift swap; cookie swap.
March 8, 2017 – All things irish
March 11-12, 2017 – St. Patrick’s Day flowers
April 19 2017 – Kathy Coffey: How does your garden grow?
May 10, 2017 – Guest Speaker
May 14, 2017 – Mother’s Day flowers
June 2017 – Banquet – Date TBA
June 18, 2017 – Fathers Day
St. Patrick’s Celebrates Extraordinary Service
Story and photos by David Martin
SPRINGFIELD – Four longtime parishioners at St. Patrick Parish, here, said it is very important to get involved in parish activities as they were awarded and recognized for their many years of service.
More than 300 people attended the first Mass in Celebration of Extraordinary Service on Sunday April 24 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Parish, which was founded in 1961. Msgr. Daniel P. Liston, St. Patrick’s pastor, said in his homily it is important to praise the award recipients, Rita Tracy, Helen Ross, John O’Donnell and Alan O’Dell, because God has blessed them to be apostles and mentors for the church. He said they continue to inspire others to get involved in their church and become future mentors in their local parishes.
Msgr. Liston presented the award recipients with plaques after his homily. Tracy was the original organist for the parish and played for the first Mass in its current location on Nov. 23, 1963, which was a Memorial Mass for President John F. Kennedy.
“After a while, I was helping out wherever they needed me. If the secretary needed a helping hand, I would go in and help. But I loved every bit of it,” said Tracy.
O’Donnell has been involved in the parish since the very beginning. He received a Pius X Award for his service in religious education. He had the opportunity to train the first female altar servers in the diocese at St. Patrick’s in 1994. He continues to serve as a eucharistic minister and often calls the parish office to offer help.
Ross also has been a parishioner since the church’s beginning. In the early days, she said, she would pick up the nuns to drive them to teach Sunday school. Ross celebrated her 100th birthday on April 19 and said it was wonderful to participate in the celebration on Sunday and greet all the old friends who remembered her attending Mass at St. Patrick. She said it was also great to tell them that she received blessings from the pope and acknowledgement from the president of the United States for her age.
“Now I have this and it just so happens that the other two awards I have received were also framed with blue border so they are going to match up fine on my wall in my apartment,” said Ross.
Ross said the extraordinary service award was the crowning achievement of her involvement at St. Patrick Parish and the best birthday present she ever received.
As the award recipients came to the altar to be recognized they were escorted by friends or family members. Final honoree O’Dell, who has been a parishioner since 1969, was proud to be accompanied by his granddaughter, Lauren, because he said it is important to celebrate these events with family.
O’Dell, the current religious education director at St. Patrick Parish, will retire in May and is looking forward to spending more time with his family. He said he hopes the celebration of extraordinary service awards will continue on to be an annual tradition, inspiring others to become mentors because he said there is a greater need for them now. He said it is critical for parishioners to really get involved in church activities, especially young people who are the future of religion.
“I think it has a lot to do with your parents encouraging you to do things and do them properly,” said O’Dell.
A reception later took place in the parish meeting room.
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