This sunny (but a little chilly) Sunday morning, I was one of those parishioners of St. Paul's Catholic Church, in downtown Portsmouth, VA, who was so glad/excited and thankful to see our former parochial vicar, Reverend Fr. Jarek, celebrating Mass with us today. Joyful and bubbly as he's always been, Fr. Jarek had no choice but to leave us then (over a year ago now?) for his new assignment: as the new pastor of St. Jude Catholic and chaplain at Radford University. Observably, he wanted to stick around with us but the diocese gave him that new position, a promotion but also a challenge for him. And as a good follower and ambassador of Christ, he accepted his new pastoral ministry.
He's such a jolly, likable and passionate priest, to me. I'm sure a lot of my fellow parishioners would also agree with me for saying this. One time in summer last year, Freny and I decided to visit him unannounced (kind of a surprise visit), at his new parish, after that Chemistry workshop that Freny has participated at JMU in Harrisonburg. His Mom was there then. We're so happy and excited to see both of them. And we were warmly welcomed by Fr. Jarek at the Mass we attended and he celebrated with us, visitors/guests and his parishioners there. After Mass, he invited us to his house. They were so accommodating, indeed! He and his Mom served us two different kinds of soup, with Polish sausages that they both cooked/prepared. We had a good time! (If my memory serves me right, I think, I did write a blog post about our visit to him last year.)
Well, guess what, my dear folks and friends, I'm sharing with you herewith the pictures taken this morning, after Mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Jarek, our former parochial vicar at the historic St. Paul's Catholic Church, Porstmouth, VA, and currently the pastor at St. Jude's and chaplain at Radford University.
Well, this is all for now. Thank you for keeping me company. Until next time around. Take care and have a blessed, peaceful day, everyone! As always, I pray, "May God bless us all!"-chris a. quilpa, 21 April 2013