Monday, October 20, 2008

Faithful Citizens in Fairfield, NJ

A word of thanks to the pastoral council, pastor and parishioners of St. Thomas More Church in Fairfield, New Jersey, for asking me to join them earlier tonight for a presentation on "Faithful Citizenship."

It was a good gathering centered around the issues facing Catholics headed into the voting booth in just two weeks. The presentation was preceded by an hour of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (perhaps the hardest act to follow ever).

Thanks also to the evening's co-sponsors, the West Essex Catholic Young Adults -- and to Chris Hrycyshyn, a St. Thomas More Church pastoral council member and young adult leader, who very graciously got me to and from the bus stop.

The stained-glass window shown here is from the parish's Website. It depicts the parish's patron saint, St. Thomas More (1478 - 1535). The chancellor of King Henry VIII's England, he lost his head for being faithful to his beliefs in difficult political times.

1 comment:

Chris Hrycyshyn said...

Paul, thank you for making the trip. Everyone had nothing but nice things to say and that you were an excellent choice for a speaker. Glad you enjoyed our parish. You are certainly welcome back anytime.

-Chris Hrycyshyn
Pastoral Council member, young adult leader, and transportation specialist