Announcement: I am pleased to make public that Hillcrest Hall has been sold to Holy
Family Parish of Minersville. The closing was on December 30, 2020.
When Father Kapisinsky, was assigned as pastor in 1940, he envisioned building a school and Hillcrest Hall was his answer to earn the capital to build and sustain that vision, and
through the ensuing years it did. I have listened to a number of stories of the glory years of Hillcrest and am deeply impressed by the vitality and dedication of the many volunteers who held dinners, dances, wedding banquets and other events. The Hall not only raised monies for the school it provided social and spiritual cohesion to the parochial family.
When I was assigned to our parish, I was told by a few in the larger community, when I
introduced myself as the pastor of SS. Peter & Paul Church, "Oh, you belong to the rich
church." I was taken aback thinking to myself, if you only knew!
Now that that chapter is behind us, a new vision has to be implemented. When I was
approached by two individuals asking ifwe had space to accommodate the Minersville Food Bank, I agreed to give them space in our now defunct school. I would like to expand on that ministry to the poor and disadvantaged in our community to become better known as the
Church that Cares. Pope Francis wants the Universal Church to become a "poor church for the poor." I want our church to extend the love we have for each other to others, to look
outwards, not inwards.
Will you good people take ownership of this vision with the same vitality and dedication of those who came before us, built Hillcrest Hall to build and sustain the school? Will you
generously give of your love to others? I hope we can build a better future for us, with
God's promise of sustaining us in our efforts, and for others.
I am entrusting our parish to our Patron Saints Peter and Paul, Pillars of the Church, to guide and protect us as we begin a new chapter in the parishes' life.
Believers are accustomed to making their prayers to the Lord personal by their own inimitable style and personal life. People are accustomed to putting some special mark on things they make to identify them as their own. Manufacturers have their trademark, governments have their seal, corporations have their logo and certainly all of us have our own individualized personality and unique signature.
In all of this we are but imitating our Heavenly Father Who has put His signature and hallmark on everything in creation. His very name is glorious in all the earth. No wonder, then, David of old was inspired to write: "O Lord our God, how glorious is your name over all the earth." (Psalm 8:11)
All creation rings forth with His praise. Go where we will, we will discover His majesty. There is no way to separate ourselves from His goodness, greatness, power and wisdom. He made us, we belong to Him and we are His people, the sheep of His flock. He has put His signature and hallmark on us, guaranteeing our glory with Him. He has signed us with the Cross of redemption in our baptism so that even when we received our names, our uniqueness, it is coupled and associated with Him.
As creatures of free will, we must put our signature with His and keep it there, signifying our acceptance of all that He has given us: salvation and redemption in the name of His Son and our Saviour Whom we are pledged to follow.
In the Mystery of Chrismation, we were sealed with the name of our Lord when the consecrated Chrism anointed our small bodies. Have we now as adults outgrown God’s grace, the need to be saved and redeemed and strengthened? Let us return to our origins and recognize what a gift we have in Jesus Christ. Let us above all know how special we are that the Creator of all comes to us personally and desires our joy and salvation. Welcome to our Byzantine Catholic Church where He invites us forward to receive Him from the chalice of salvation.