A mo­ment of grace

Jamaica Gleaner - - MESSAGE -

It is in­deed a mo­ment of grace for those who have the priv­i­lege to cel­e­brate an an­niver­sary that num­bers 150 years. Thus, I take this op­por­tu­nity to com­mend and con­grat­u­late the St Joseph Catholic Church faith com­mu­nity as you ex­e­cute plans as­so­ci­ated with your 150 years of ex­is­tence and ser­vice on be­half of the Catholic Church, which ad­vances the pres­ence of the King­dom of God. The ex­is­tence and apos­to­late of St Joseph Church, over these years, have been made ef­fec­tive and im­pact­ful through the pas­toral guid­ance and col­lab­o­ra­tion of the many priests, dea­cons, re­li­gious sis­ters, and lay faith­ful who been ded­i­cated and faith­ful ser­vants through the years. And, it is with a re­newed sense of commitment to build on the legacy es­tab­lished to this present mo­ment that those of us cel­e­brat­ing the cur­rent an­niver­sary must en­deav­our to ac­com­plish with a sense of obli­ga­tion.

Con­tribut­ing to this legacy will re­quire re­flec­tion on the past and the present as we look to the future. May each of us do so, grounded in the word of God, while re­ly­ing on the in­spi­ra­tion and guid­ance of the Holy Spirit, so that our in­ten­tional commitment to par­tic­i­pate in the Apos­to­late of the St Joseph Catholic Church will at­tain the sal­va­tion of souls and give glory to the Lord our God!

There­fore, I com­mend Fr Richard Brown, the Church Coun­cil, the Plan­ning com­mit­tee, and all the Faith­ful for mak­ing this 150th an­niver­sary a mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion, whereby ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the legacy re­ceived can be an en­light­ened and re­newed commitment to ad­vance to a greater future! AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM! Most Rev Ken­neth D. Richards, DD Arch­bishop of Kingston

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