Praise God for Our Deacons
In the 6th chapter of the book of the Acts of the Apostles, we read about the Holy Spirit inspiring the Apostles to invite certain men to help with the daily work of ministry, and calling them deacons (from the Greek word diakonia, which means “service”). From that time on, the Church has relied on God calling men as deacons to assist in worship, to do the works of mercy, to be of service.
All Saints has been blessed with great and generous deacons over the years, and some upcoming events beckon that we take a moment to recognize them: Deacon Alan Sims, Deacon Rick Medina, and “Deacon-to-be” Michael Martell.
As you’ll see in his announcement here in the bulletin this week, Dcn. Rick will be focusing on his many roles and responsibilities in the Archdiocese, which will necessitate freedom from his service here in the parish. I want to publicly thank him for his dedicated service to the parish over the last decade. He has been of tremendous service to the parish and has been a blessing to so many. Dcn. Rick, we offer you our gratitude and prayers as you continue serving the Lord. You will be missed, and you always have a place here at All Saints!
Mr. Michael Martell has been preparing for the diaconate for the past few years, and we will be very blessed to have him serving here at All Saints after his ordination on February 3. His first Mass serving as deacon will be at the 10:30AM Mass on Sunday, February 4, with a reception following in the Social Hall. Please join me in lifting Michael up in prayer in his final weeks of preparation!
We are deeply grateful for Dcn. Alan Sims. Even though his diaconal promises were made in Missouri, he has brought his generous heart here to All Saints. He is involved in just about everything here at the parish and he brings with him the kindness of the Lord’s own heart. We offer you Dcn. Alan, our continued gratitude and prayers!
Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever!
All you holy saints of God, pray for us!
Peace in Christ,