Celebrating God's Gift in Action

10-25-2015Pastor's LetterFr. Bing Colasito

The Way We Looked at Things. When the sudden storm hit the Oktoberfest site last Friday, hundreds of man-hours of preparation were suddenly reduced to mangled tents, soaked exhibits, ripped table covers, and a rejected or dampened spirit. But it did not stay that long - there was an immediate consensus that we can still salvage another day. Although tired, the positive spirit was there, the joyful disposition slowly came back, we can still do this… we just need to come back earlier (6:30am) the following day, get organized and set all things up again. In the prayer we did last Friday after the storm, we ended it by saying: “God is good, all the time.”

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Share the Joy of Christ

10-18-2015Pastor's LetterFr. Bing Colasito

It’s our Oktoberfest weekend, the biggest evangelization event of St. Rose Parish. There are many attractions in the Oktoberfest 2015, some are new and many are returning attractions that have captivated, entertained, brought joy, and excitement or have just been informative and formative in nature. The planning, organizing and mobilization of such a grand event is just so unbelievable, full of love and the spirit of Christian discipleship. On behalf of the parish, I extend my sincere gratitude and warmest congratulations to all; the Oktoberfest Committee 2015, our exhibitors, Ministry Booths, fun shows and games, entertainers, and all who have unselfishly volunteered their time, talents and treasures. Special thanks to the servantleaders Jeff and Kristin Smith, Oktoberfest 2015 Co-Chairmen and their team of committee heads.

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Letting God

10-11-2015Pastor's LetterFr. Bing Colasito

When I was learning how to swim, waist deep in the sea, my father would hold my chin with his palm while I flapped my arms and feet. Because I feared drowning, I would flap frantically, not synchronizing my arms and my feet so that I ended up swallowing seawater.

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The Family is the Future of the Church

10-04-2015Pastor's LetterFr. Bing Colasito

Brothers and Sisters,

Let us all continue to listen and learn from Pope Francis’ talk on the Family in Philadelphia. His message of love says, “The Family is the “Future of the Church.””

Once again, Pope Francis ventured out of his prepared speech - to preach about “The Family,” locally, pastor-style, at a level that everyone can understand. “The Families’ identity cards came from God,” he said. They have a “citizenship, which is divine” and are the highest expression of God’s love. Pope Francis emphasized the virtue of love within the family, and the future of the family.

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