Sunday, July 26th

     Following the Cardinal’s May 9th decree to merge the parishes of Saint Paul and Saint Ann, we have noted, on a number of occasions, that August 1st is a very important day in the history of our parish. On that day, at 12 midnight, the Parish of Saint Paul, Congers, will be Canonically dissolved as will the Parish of Saint Ann, Nyack. They will no longer exist as two, separate, autonomous parishes. On August 1st, the brand new Canonical Parish of “Saint Paul—Saint Ann” will be born. The reality of Making All Things New will take form as we welcome both a brand new Parish and a new Pastor along with his pastoral team.

Some of you may recall how, in 1965, the churches of St. Michael the Archangel, Rockland Lake and St. Theresa, Valley Cottage, were closed and the congregations were merged into Saint Paul. This time around, there is no closure. What takes place is a merger of two into one parish. This is what both pastors and their transition team members have been working towards for almost two months now, and on August 1st their efforts will come to fruition.

  Sunday, July 26th, from 2:00—4:00 p.m., the parish will host a Farewell Reception for our parish priests who will be leaving us. The reception will be held in the School Gym (which will be air conditioned for the occasion). Please try your best to stop by and “break bread” with them this one last time. Some of you, especially the long-time parishioners may then wish to join us for the 6:00 p.m. evening Mass. This will be a historic moment in the life of our local faith community. Our outgoing pastor, Msgr. Emmet Nevin, will concelebrate the last Sunday Mass of Saint Paul Parish with our Parochial Vicars, Father John Palatucci and Msgr. Richard Kyeremeh, joined by our two deacons.

During the Mass, Msgr. Nevin will also dedicate a new plaque listing the names and years of service of all of the Pastors of Saint Paul Parish going back to the beginning of our parish in 1891.

The first weekend of August, our new Pastor will celebrate the first Sunday Masses of the brand new Parish of “Saint Paul—Saint Ann”here in Congers, as well as in Nyack. Let us all continue to pray for God’s guidance and blessings during these final weeks leading to our merger.

   “ When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived; but when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been born into the world.”