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Note From Our Pastor (Parish Bulletin for June 28, 2015)
It is my great honor and pleasure to announce to the Saint Luke the Evangelist parish community that Steven DiMassimo, one of our parishioners, has been accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Raleigh. Steven is the son of our parishioners Richard and Betty DiMassimo, who are filled with joy that their son is answering the Lord's call. Steven has been a Worship leader for youth ministry events at St. Luke during high school and college. He attended and helped with retreats through St. Luke youth ministry during high school. He has participated in local missions serving the poor in Raleigh and made occasional visits to Catholic Parish Outreach. Steven has also served as a FOCUS missionary, spreading the Catholic Faith on college campuses.
In August, Steven will begin his studies at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. He will study pre - theology (which is mostly philosophy) for two years and then theology for four years. Anyone undergoing such a rigorous course of studies for the priesthood needs prayers. So let us pray for Steven, that the Lord will bless him with the perseverance he needs. And let us pray in thanksgiving for all that Steven means for our faith community. May he inspire us to answer the Lord's call in our lives, whatever that call may be.
We pray for all seminarians, especially the seminarians of our diocese. We now have at least three seminarians that are especially close to the hearts of everyone in our parish - Steven, our parishioner; Noe, who served at our parish last Summer; and, of course, Jairo, who is serving at our parish this Summer. Thank you, Lord, for calling these three excellent young men to the priesthood. Thank you for allowing them to share blessings with us.
Blessings in Christ,