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My Dear Friends,

May is an exciting time of year for priests because ordination to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ occurs during the month of May. On May 18, 2024 three transitory deacons will be ordained by Archbishop Nelson Perez as priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Fifty years ago, on May 18, 1974, twenty-eight transitory deacons were ordained by His Eminence John Cardinal Krol as priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Every newly ordained priest is excited to find out where his first assignment will be. Over the years, priests wait, some nervously, in anticipation for a phone call or letter saying, “you are being transferred”. Mixed emotions are plentiful. Often times the letter or call never comes and the priest prays a prayer of gratitude to God. Every priest has a simple mantra rooted in Sacred Scripture “where your heart is there is your home!” Over the past fifty years, I have received ten calls or letters saying in essence, “pack your heart, your new assignment is …” Of those ten, only one letter was expected.

There is a priest, whose name I do not know, who will soon receive a letter saying, “pack your bags your new assignment is Pastor of Queen of Peace in Ardsley.

Yes, I am retiring as your pastor. It was not an easy decision for me to make. I love you with a love beyond all telling. I can still “do the job” but the reason for my retirement is twofold.

First to my mind, everything that you and I have accomplished has been in the best interest of our faith community. This fact, combined with my personal limitations, emphasizes for me that the potential which exists in each of you, and our parish in general, will only come to fruition under the leadership of a new shepherd. It is with great humility before God and faith in YOU that I surrender my heart and my home to another.

The second reason is, since 2001, I have been living alone. I am not lonely but as I age I am less willing to live the limitations and expectations of constantly being on call for hospitals and nursing homes. While I thoroughly love the blessing I receive in these ministries, I must admit I am looking forward to a new ministry. I will be living at Saint Bernadette Church in Drexel Hill, Delaware County. There is a fine young priest, Father John Masson, who is the pastor. He is actually excited about me coming to live with him. Can you believe it?!? He too is alone and is hoping my presence will offer him opportunities to “get some time off.” Retirement for me, as with every priest in good health, is only giving up the administration but never the ministry of service to the people of God. I shall do that at St. Bernadette’s.

The name of my successor will be made public on or about May 18th. You might hear rumors of who he is, but rumor are just that, rumors. Wait in prayer for the official announcement. Please pray that he will love you as I love you and give his life in service to you as I have done. Please pray with the understanding that the Holy Spirit, not just Archbishop Perez, is sending Father to you as a new paraclete who can guide you as a Good Shepherd into the new grace filled life you are meant to live through Mary the Queen of Peace and Saint John of The Cross.

My final words to you can be found in Philippians 4:4-9

Father Larry

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Fr. DeGrassa’s letter to Resurrection Parish

Dear beloved parishioners,

With a heart full of gratitude and great sadness, I write to you today with the news that Archbishop Perez has decided to move me. It is with mixed emotion that I announce my departure from this wonderful parish. Serving as your pastor has been the greatest privilege of my life, and the memories we have shared together will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Over the last seven years, we have grown together as a community, supporting one another through joyous celebrations and challenging times. I am continually inspired by the unwavering faith and dedication that each of you brings to our parish family. Together, we have accomplished so much, and I am immensely proud of all that we have achieved together.

As I reflect on my time here, I am filled with gratitude for the love and kindness that you have shown me. Your generosity, compassion and willingness to serve have made this journey truly special. It has been a privilege to walk alongside you on this journey of faith, and I am grateful for the friendships we have formed along the way.

While it is difficult to say goodbye, I take comfort in knowing that the seeds we have planted together will continue to grow and flourish in the days ahead. I am being sent to Queen of Peace Parish in Ardsley, only 20 minutes away. Though our paths may diverge, please know that you are my friends for life.
I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to our terrific parish staff, volunteers and all those who have supported me in my ministry here. Your dedication and hard work have been instrumental in the success of our parish, and I am deeply grateful for your partnership.

As I transition to my new parish, I ask for your prayers for guidance and strength. Know that you will remain in my prayers as well, and I trust that God will continue to bless and watch over each of you.
With sincere gratitude and affection,

Father Jim

Read a very nice article by a Resurrection parishioner in the Northeast Times. https://northeasttimes.com/2024/05/20/resurrection-sorry-to-see-pastor-jim-degrassa-go/ 

Queen of Peace has an Online Giving program available to our parishioners. We have arranged with Vanco Services to provide our members an opportunity to use Electronic Funds Transfer as an alternative method for giving. The Program is free of charge for parishioners. By making your offering through our Online Giving program it allows you to donate once or make a recurring contribution that is automatically transferred from your checking or savings account on a monthly basis, and you select your own billing date. This is an easy way to make your Sunday contributions without worrying about your collection envelope. The use of EFT is not only time saving and convenient for you, but also allows our Parish to realize a more consistent level of support. By signing up for the Online Giving program, you will know that you are doing your part to support the Parish even at times you are not able to physically present to celebrate with the Parish Community. To sign-up simply CLICK HERE.

Of course, if you prefer, your collection envelope is still a great way to support Queen of Peace Parish. Simply drop it in the collection basket on Sunday or you may mail it to the Rectory: 820 North Hills Avenue, Ardsley, PA 19038.

Thank you for your generous support

Safe Environment Program

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is taking action to keep children safe. Archdiocesan policy states that all Church volunteers and paid employees must possess clearances as required by Pennsylvania law and to complete mandatory training . Queen of Peace is dedicated to the mission of protecting children. If you work or volunteer within the parish, please follow the link to the Office for Child and Youth Protection where you will find additional information and instructions for obtaining clearances and registering for training. Please contact our Safe Environment Coordinator, Lorraine Pfeiffer, at qofpservices@comcast.net for further assistance.