Article from Parish Bulletin – The Arrow on May 28, 2017
Last weekend was quite the busy one here at Saint Giles! On Friday evening the Men’s Society kicked off their Inaugural Men’s Smoker. They cooked steaks on the grill with fresh vegetables and baked potatoes for the over 100 men who attended. I was delighted (and completely surprised) to be awarded with the first “Giles Man of the Year” award! This was in recognition for the work and care given to our campus over the eight years that I have now been at the helm, so to speak. I even received my very own smoking jacket! I must say, it fit well and looked very smart!! Of course there was no smoking in the Hall, so the gathering continued outside in the courtyard with a fire and cigars! It was a great time!
On Saturday morning and afternoon, Father Tony Gittins gave a men’s retreat in McDonough Hall. The theme was Men’s Discipleship from the Perspective of Pope Francis.
On Sunday morning, the Knights of Columbus gathered for Mass and breakfast following in McDonough Hall. While we don’t see them often, their principles of Charity, Fraternity and Patriotism guide their many good works. All men are welcome to consider joining Commodore Barry Council 1118 and being a part of all the Knights do for the larger community.
On Sunday afternoon after the 11:15 am Mass, I joined our CHAOS Teen Group for a cookout in the courtyard. We were welcoming new members, the graduating 8th graders, and had great food and fun under partly cloudy skies – no rain, thank God!
On Sunday evening, our community gathered for the 5 pm Mass and a special blessing and celebration for Mrs. J (Kate Janush), who is retiring at the end of this school year. She has spent 29 years here at Saint Giles School teaching eighth grade, 44 years in total as a Catholic School Teacher. It has not just been a job, but her ministry to educate and form so many students in the ways of our faith. Mrs. J had a unique way of relating to the students and helping them to love to learn. Many thanks, Kate, for your dedication and commitment to the Saint Giles Community. The reception that followed was heartwarming with so many families and alumni who gathered to say thanks and offer their best wishes in retirement.
This Thursday, June 1, we will gather on the primary school playground to say thank you to another long-time and dedicated faculty member, Jim Collins. Mr. Collins has served Saint Giles School for the past 19 years as a gym teacher and the director of the APEX Program, and Summer Gym Games. Thank you, Mr. Collins, and may God bless you on your new journey.
All of this is partly to say, WOW, Saint Giles is vibrant and alive with so many opportunities and good things to be a part of. Are you taking advantage of what your parish is doing and offering? Also, consider volunteering to help organize and participate in these events with your special gifts and talents. WE NEED YOU! YOU are what helps keep the energy and spirit of Saint Giles alive and strong.
Finally… more food for thought. As we go into this Memorial Day Weekend and the beginning of the summer months, remember these Six Ethics of Life:
Before you pray – BELIEVE
Before you speak – LISTEN
Before you spend – EARN
Before you write – THINK
Before you quit – TRY
Before you die – LIVE
Have a safe and blessed weekend.
With you a Christian. For you a Priest.
Father Carl Morello
P.S. – Remember our Summer Sunday morning Mass schedule begins next weekend!