We are praying for, remembering, and thanking God for a special priest today as he celebrates the 25th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood. Happy Anniversary, dear Father! It is quite fitting that his Ordination took place on the birthday of Padre Pio. This is certainly no coincidence. In fact, as a dear friend from our parish would say..."It's just a little God-incidence." Yes, it is definitely a God-incidence! I had the privilege of meeting this particular special priest during a pilgrimage to Medjugorje. I was so inspired by his deep faith and devotion to the sacraments. His favorite thing to do is to hear confessions. And this is where he spent most of his time on the pilgrimage! Hmmmm, I think Padre Pio definitely had a hand in this.
After talking with Father a few days ago, I was struck by the amount of Masses he has said since his Ordination. Over the last 25 years he has only missed about 2, due to illness. Overall, he's brought the Body of Christ to his flock over 12,600 times. This is absolutely amazing. It's enough to bring you to your knees in thanksgiving for all of our priests that we are so blessed to have.
~St. Pio of Pietrelcina~
~All Saint's Day 2009~
The kids are so excited about these Stigmata Hand Krispies...We will definitely make them again in September for Padre Pio's Feast Day. We used a hand-shaped cookie cutter for the Rice Krispy treats and a little bit of red frosting for the stigmata...Easy!