Fr. George’s Thoughts on the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
My Dear Friends,
If you have been lucky enough to see a little red head leprechaun around Nativity the last couple of weeks, it wasn’t your imagination. My classmate Fr. Neil was visiting and helped out at Nativity with a few Masses. Here is a little bit about him…
Fr. Neil Xavier O’Donoghue is originally from Ballincollig, Co. Cork, Ireland. He was formed for the priesthood in Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Kearny, NJ. In the year 2000 he was ordained to the
ministerial priesthood for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. He has completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Master in Divinity at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. He has also earned a Masters of Theology in Liturgy from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY and a Master of Arts in Theology with a concentration in Liturgical Studies in the University of Notre Dame du Lac, Notre Dame, IN. In 2006 he was awarded a Doctorate in Theology specializing in Liturgy from St. Patrick’s College, Pontifical University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland. After Ordination, he served as an associate in Our Lady Queen of Peace, Maywood for two years, and, from 2002 to 2013, as Prefect of Studies at Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary in Kearny, NJ. In 2013 he returned to his native Ireland on loan to the Archdiocese of Armagh where he helped establish the new in Redemptoris Mater Seminary located in Dundalk, Co. Louth, where he served as Vice Rector until June. He has recently taken up a new assignment as a Lecturer of Systematic Theology at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, He is the author of St. Patrick His Confession and Other Works (Totowa, NJ, 2009), The Eucharist in Pre-Norman Ireland (Notre Dame, IN, 2011), as well as articles appearing in various theological journals, magazines and books. Since 2012 he has written a monthly column on the theology of the Holy Father in the Messenger of St. Anthony.
We are happy to have him around and to share his spirit with us. Thank you Fr. Neil.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Thank you so much for allowing me to serve these six weeks of the summer with you at the Church of the Nativity. It was a rewarding time, where I prayed with you and learned some new things as I
ministered at the parish. Most of all, I enjoyed getting to know you, the wonderful parishioners. This was really a time where I was able to jump into my diaconal ministry here at Nativity. Hospital visits, home visits and the liturgies at the Masses. Some of you even had to put up with my first time preaching. It was a joy to be with these few weeks.
Now, in July, I will be going to visit with my family in Maryland until the middle of August. I look forward to continue serving you when the Seminary reopens in the beginning of September and the weekend assignments here at Nativity begin. Please pray for me and know that I will keep you in my prayers.
Rev. Mr. Jason Mantich
Dear Parishioners of Nativity,
With deepest gratitude, I say thank you. Thank you for accepting Deacon Jason and I as part of your parish community, and witnessing your welcoming spirits, your generous hearts, and the love of which you have for your own parish community. It’s funny: I remember my first time arriving to the parish, Jason and I taking the wrong turn and headed towards Wyckoff, and today, I feel as if I’ve mastered the roads of Midland Park. I’ve done a lot and witnessed a lot in this short time:
I’ve visited your homes, developed a green thumb planting flowers in the grotto, made visits to Valley Hospital, prayed rosaries with the boys, met the loveliest people at Mill Gardens, and served at the altar. My heart is filled with joy, and I hope that this joy that you have all given me will pour out into the next mission or ministry the Lord sends me to. Please keep me in your intentions and prayers, as you are in mine. God bless and with deepest gratitude, I say thank you.
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