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25th Annual Mayor’s CommUNITY Golf Classic
Friday, October 9th, 2020 Cedar Creek Golf Course, Bayville, New Jersey
Wednesday, October 7th at 5:30 PM
At Veteran's Park Pavilion
A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM FR STAS'
St Barnabas Daily Mass
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Prayer for the Canonization of
Father Michael J. McGivney
God, our Father, protector of the poor and
defender of the widow and orphan, you called
your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to
be an apostle of Christian family life and to
lead the young to the generous service of their
neighbor. Through the example of his life and
virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ,
more closely, fulfilling his commandment of
charity and building up his Body which is the
Church. Let the inspiration of your servant
prompt us to greater confidence in your love
so that we may continue his work of caring
for the needy and the outcast. We humbly
ask that you glorify your venerable servant
Father Michael J. McGivney on earth
according to the design of your holy will.
Through his intercession, grant the favor I
now present (here make your request).
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Our Father Hail Mary Glory be to the Father
Dear Brother Knights
My name is Deacon Robert Gay and I have been asked to serve as your chaplain, since Father Stas retired. I know Father Stas loved the Knights very much, and has done many things for you all. I hope I can measure up to his legacy and provide you with the same type of assistance that he has done for you over the many years he has served as your chaplain. If at any time he would like to attend the meetings, I will surely let him take his seat once again. We all wish him a happy retirement.
A little background on myself: My wife Judy and I were parishioners of Star of the Sea Parish in Long Branch for about 19 years. After both of us retired, we moved to Lanoka Harbor and we became parishioners of St. Barnabas in 2005. I was interested in becoming a Deacon in 2006, and Fr. Kevin let me start my training that fall. I spent 4 years traveling twice weekly to Trenton for 3 hour classes at the Chancellery. I was ordained by Bishop John M. Smith on May 8, 2010. I have served as a Deacon here in many capacities. I mainly serve at 3 nursing homes, serving the residents there, conducting Communion Services and playing the guitar for them. I also visit our parishioners at Community Medical Center as well. I serve as a Spiritual Advisor to St. Vincent DePaul and am a board member of the Society. I am a teacher at Vacation Bible School, and have served in the past as a teacher in R.C.I.A. and whole family catechesis. I am active in Interfaith Hospitality (homeless ministry),
I became a Knight of Columbus in 1972 at the Greenville Council No. #3988 in Jersey City, when I was about 18 years old. I was inactive in the Knights for most of my life, but through the efforts of Bill Geddes (deceased), I was reinstated at my 3rd degree level to St. Barnabas Council #8603. Now I am your chaplain (and I even have a nametag!). It’s Funny how things happen with God’s intervention. I credit Bill for getting me involved once again. I’ll miss his kindness and gentleness very much. He was (and is) a great guy!
So far, as your chaplain, I’ve attended our “zoom” meetings on Wednesday evenings, helped do one funeral service for John Sutor and helped at last Wednesday’s swearing in ceremony for our new officers. I also helped at our concession stand at Veteran’s park during the late summer selling hot dogs and serving chili. That was fun for me! I was just one of the guys!
Hopefully, we’ll get more active again. The COVID -19 Virus has put a lot of things on hold for now. We don’t know when things will be back to normal again, whatever the new “normal” will be. I know our Grand Knight, Michael
Testa is doing his best to keep us safe while we wait for the “go-ahead” for many of our activities, especially those indoors.
Please pray for all those Knights who perished under the spell of COVID: Ron Rapp, Glen Sawyer, John Sutor, Roy DePietro and I guess many others who I don’t know their names. Don’t forget to pray for those who are in hospitals still struggling to fight this virus. May God’s healing touch be on us all!
For those who don’t know, I’m still recovering from a bike accident I sustained on September 7, 2020. My broken hip (now with 3 pins in it) is doing better and I hope after much physical therapy, to be back serving at the altar soon.
May the blessing of God be with you all!