Chelsea – The Servants of Charity and Daughters of St. Mary of Providence communities came together on Saturday, October 29th to celebrate the Feast Day of St. Louis Guanella (October 24th) with a special Mass and dinner at nearby St. Mary Parish in Chelsea, MI. Most Rev. Bishop Emeritus Carl Mengeling of the Diocese of Lansing presided over the Mass, and was joined by Fr. Joseph Rinaldo, Provincial Treasurer; Fr. Enzo Addari, Administrator; Fr. David Stawasz, Asst. Admin.; Fr. Satheesh Alphonse, Director – PUSJ; new Frs. Franklin, Amal and Leo Joseph; Most Rev. (Canon) William J. Turner of St. Mary Parish; and DSMP Sisters Ann Hubler and Andrea Curran. During his homily, Bishop Mengeling spoke of the history of St. Guanella, and repeated his most famous phrase that, “It is God who Works!” He went on to talk about the importance of caring for persons with disabilities and the elderly, and our responsibility to carry out God’s mission here on earth. Following the Mass, a dinner was held in the parish hall for over 100 people who enjoyed food donated by Gina Pantely of the Chelsea Grill, and the Guanellian Cooperators who were present came together for a photo with the religious who were present.
Kumbakonam – Faith is the base of our Christian life which must be aflame in our hearts and stirred up often. To do so, six fathers and a sister from the diocese visited and blessed some of the substations: Swamimalai, Perumpandy, Thirupurambiam, Devananchery and Kadichambadi on February 12th. Though the Year of Faith is over, Most Rev. F. Antony Samy, Bishop of Kumbakonam, continues to visit all the parishes of his Diocese to encourage parishioners in the faith. The Bishop and several of his secretaries visited Guanella Nagar parish on February 13th. They went house to house to meet the people, bless them and help to grow their Christian Faith. That same day, the fathers continued their visit in other substations: Santhanalpuram, Auto Nagar, Jebamalaipuram and Guanella Nagar. In the evening, The Bishop arrived at the church and celebrated Holy Mass; praying for the people and their faith in God. He also invited the faithful to grow strong in faith and to live as true Christians. After Mass, a short program welcomed and honored the bishop. Members from each pious association (Parish Council, GLM, Legion of Mary and BCC) of the parish highlighted their efforts to help grow the parish. They gave the bishop ponnadai and contributed to his education fund. The children pleased the bishop with dances and skits. To end the visit, Bishop, priests and sisters shared a meal.
EAST PROVIDENCE – Fr. Peter Di Tullio, SdC, will celebrate his 25th anniversary as a Pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in East Providence, RI. The celebration will take place on September 29, 2012 beginning with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 5:00 pm, followed by a dinner in the church hall. All parishioners would like to thank Father Peter for the immense work he has done for the parish, both souls and buildings. We cannot thank him enough for his constant presence, especially among the sick and the needy. The parochial school is still open because of his belief that a Catholic education is fundamental for the future of Catholic families and children. The name of Saint Louis Guanella, carried by Father in words and deeds, is a blessing for the parish.
On October 1, 2012, Father Silvio De Nard, SdC, will become the new Pastor, while Father Peter will assist him. We welcome the new Pastor with all our heart, grateful to the Servants of Charity for having given us the gift of two of their members. May the Lord bless them both.
From Fr. Luigi:
On this Centennial Anniversary year of Don Guanella’s missionary trip to the USA, we warmly congratulate Fr. Peter De Tuilio, who will celebrate his SILVER JUBILEE as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in East Providence, Rhode Island on September 29th. We join the people of God, the confreres, the sisters and lay cooperators in thanking the Lord for the abundant blessings poured upon this dynamic and hardworking confrere who is now turning over the responsibility of the Parish to Fr. Silvio De Nard. To both of them, our sincere appreciation and warm wishes for the further growth of the Gospel in the community entrusted to their pastoral care. Our special thanks go also to our Guanellian Sisters who are sharing the precious ministry of Catholic Education in the Local Parochial School.