A New Statue, A New Priest, and a Farewell

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Last Sunday on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the new statue of Padre Pio
was blest. This statue was made by the same company of our other new
statues of the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph. Padre Pio is holding his
Rosary which he prayed night and day. He is raising his right hand as sign
of his priestly blessing. Padre Pio is a wonderful witness of a holy priest. He
gave his life for Christ and labored for the salvation of souls. Special thanks
to Mr. Ken Yager for designing the pedestal for the statue.

Our parish is blest to host the first Mass of a future priest, Deacon
Michael Lombardi. His First Mass will be at St. Barnabas on June 20 at
12:00 PM. Following the Mass, Fr. Michael Lombardi will give his first
blessings to the faithful in the Holy Family Chapel where there will be a
reception of hot food and refreshments. This will be the first parish feast
since the pandemic! Feast meaning in this case a celebration with
food! Due to the preparation for the feast in the Holy Family Chapel,
there will be no 10:15 AM Mass on June 20. That Mass intention will
be offered privately.

The Following Sunday, June 27, at the 10:30 AM Mass, Fr. Sean Magaldi
will offer his Farewell Mass. Following the Mass there will be an
opportunity to offer thanks to Fr. Sean with refreshments in the Holy Family
Chapel. I am sure we will see Fr. Sean again soon.

There are exciting days ahead of us. It is a great gift to the parish to have Fr.
Michael offer his first Mass here. Yet, we do feel a little bitter with Fr. Sean
leaving St. Barnabas, but it is sweet to know that he will be doing more for
the Diocese. Such is the nature of our lives. We are always on the move
towards the Kingdom of Heaven.

In Jesus and Mary,

Fr. Jeff Yildirmaz

Confessions will no longer take place in the Holy Family Chapel. The
Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place in the upper Church confessional,
beginning Monday, June 14th.