09.26.21 Message from Fr. Tony

When I lived in Flagstaff Arizona a few years ago, I made some friends in Phoenix, about two and a half hours away by car. One friend, Michael, invited me to stay at his house whenever I was in town. We became very good friends and I spent many nights at his home. Sadly, Michael was diagnosed with cancer and died a few years ago. My friends told me how he showed them the spare bedroom, and called it, “Tony’s room.”
Jesus tells us that if anyone gives a drink of water to a prophet, he will receive a prophet’s reward. I believe Michael will
receive a great reward for his hospitality to this “prophet.” You see, a priest is anointed “Priest, Prophet, and King” on his ordination day: Priest, the one who offers the Sacrifice of the Mass for the people; prophet, one who gives the message God places on his heart; king, one who leads and governs.
Since the Second Vatican Council, there has been a call for greater involvement of the people in the Eucharistic
celebration: Such as lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, musicians, etc.
Together we, as the people of God, offer praise and prayer as together as we share our individual gifts in the service of
God and the Church.
I sincerely believe that, as you are faithful in these things, you are giving a “cup of water” to a prophet (priest), and you
will receive a prophet’s (priest’s) reward. Every act of kindness, no matter how small, that you give to me, or any priest, is known to God and He will bless you abundantly.
June 29, 2019, was the 8th anniversary of my ordination to the Holy Priesthood. It has been an incredible journey
surrounded by the people of God and growing together in grace and the knowledge of Christ Our Savior.
Let each one of us do what we can as Christians to offer a cup of water to those who are thirsty.
Fr. Tony