Pastor's Message


January 14, 2018
 

Fr. Bruce, the New Pastor of Epiphany, Cliffside Park
 
One month shy of two years ago, Fr. Bruce Harger came to our parish after serving as pastor of St. Nicholas Church, Jersey City.  In his time with us he did all the normal ministries of a parish priest: presiding, preaching, baptizing, hearing confessions, visiting the sick and counseling.  He took major responsibility for our Spanish communities at each church and helped them focus on liturgy and service to the parish.  He organized their involvement with Encuentro so we can be part of a national outreach to the Spanish speaking of our area.  He moderated the Las Damas de Maria at OLG and the Madres Cristianas at St. Joseph.  He assisted with their socials, retreats and special projects.  Fr. Bruce worked with Vincent Rone, our former music director, to receive a $3,000 grant from Oregon Catholic Press for new Spanish hymnals and music.
 
Fr. Bruce moderated the RCIA and prepared adults to become Catholic and complete their sacraments of initiation.  He developed an interesting approach to the faith through media and inspired our young people.  He also prepared parents and godparents for the sacrament of Baptism for their children.  As a trained vocalist, he was always willing to perform for our special events like our FunFest concerts, Christmas sing-along and other musical activities making a splash at Spaghettiaoke.
 
Reviewing all this makes us sad to bid him farewell on February 1, 2018, when he becomes pastor of Epiphany, Cliffside Park.  We will host two socials:  Sunday, January 21, 2018, after the 10 AM Mass at St. Joseph Church Hall from 11-12 and on Sunday, January 28, 2018, from 1:30 to 2:30 in the OLG School Hall.  You may attend either of those to say good bye and wish Fr. Bruce good luck in his new assignment.
 
Peace,
Fr. Alex Santora


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