Making All Things New:
Letters from the Pastor
Letter from the Cardinal
On Behalf of Father John Palatucci, Msgr. Richard Kyeremeh and myself, I would like to tell you what a pleasure and a privilege it has been to serve you as your pastor and parish priests. As a priest and pastor it has been a pleasure to have lived and worked with such hardworking and dedicated priests.
Over the years, Saint Paul Parish has been blessed with many fine men who have, for a time, been assigned here to share their love and their priestly ministry with you. During our time in a parish we priests, in a certain sense, try our best to share a “marriage–like” relationship with you. We are there with you in the good times and the bad, in sickness and in health and we try our best to love you and to honor you as Christ loved his bride, the church. I’m sure that some of you natives and long time parishioners will remember some of the more recent names of the 21 pastors who have served the parish since its inception back in 1891. Their names are now inscribed on a special plaque which will be prominently displayed on the rear wall of the church.
Unlike with a marriage, however, there comes a time for us to say good bye and for us to move on to a new assignment. That time has now arrived, and so, this will be my last [bulletin] message as your pastor.
We thank you for your goodness to us over the years and, in a special way, your kind sentiments to us over the past few weeks. Please know that we love you too are sad to be leaving. As celibate priests, we have no wives or children and so, you, our parishioners, become our family.
As you know, for the Church of New York, this is a time for Making All Things New and, for the faithful of Saint Paul and Saint Ann, this is a time for you to experience the birth of a brand new parish and to welcome a new pastor and parish priests. Please welcome them with the same warmth. enthusiasm and love with which you welcomed us.
In a special way I would like to acknowledge and to thank all of you who have assumed positions of leadership or special ministry in our beautiful parish. Also, our very dedicated parish staff who have worked so closely with us in taking care of your needs. Indeed, as Saint Paul himself reminds us “there are different gifts but the same Spirit.”
“May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He let His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you. May the Lord look upon you with kindness, and grant you His peace.”
With Love and Prayers,
Msgr. Emmet R. Nevin