On Sunday, April 23, Mr. Charles Houk and Mr. Cosmo Morabito received the Blessed John of Vercelli award at the 51st Annual Beaver County Holy Name Society Banquet. Of the ten awardees, two of them are from our parish.
As their pastor, I felt a deep sense of pride and humility as “Chuck” and “Cos” received their award, their first words were to congratulate and complement each other. They presented themselves as brothers. More importantly, they revealed to everyone at the banquet the “spirit” that makes our parish family so special.
“Chuck” attends Mass every morning. He has worked tirelessly for our Social Services, assisted our Golden Agers, served the Holy Name Society, serves as an usher, in SAG, has worked for our Bazaar, is a member of the Knights of Columbus and Catholic Men’s Fellowship.
“Cos” is also a daily communicant. He is a member of Holy Name Society, an usher, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. “Cos” is a senior altar server, has organized the Holy Thursday Seven Church visit and the Good Friday Stations of the Cross.
Both Chuck and Cos have done many more things to improve the spiritual health of our parish. These men truly are representative of you - each member of our parish family and the many gifts and talents you possess. Their legacy is really an invitation for each of us to step forward with our gifts because each one of us has something unique and personal to present to Jesus and His Church.
In the Gospel today, we hear once again of the disciples leaving Jerusalem and returning, with shame, to their former lives. Jesus meets them, although they do not recognize Him. After he touches their hearts with His Words, He draws them to table where they finally see Him in the Eucharist.
In a beautiful reversal, they lose their shame and are filled with the joy of the Lord. They rejoin their brothers in Jerusalem and take their place in the assembly of believers. The gift they bring with them is the gift of themselves and history has shown us, they had much to offer.