For the last twenty-five years, Rev. Mr. Jim Murphy has been serving the people of St. Dominic Savio parish with the loving support and encouragement of his wife, Rose. Deacon Jim would be the first to remind us that he could not have done anything without Rose. He began his formation in the late 1980’s when Fr. Ed Feuerbacher was pastor of the parish and while he was still teaching at St. Louis University High School. Formation for the permanent diaconate took four years in those days and so after a long day of teaching, Deacon Jim would head off to class and apostolic work in preparation for these 25 years of ministry. Did you know that Rose attended all the classes too, including Canon Law!
After his ordination to the diaconate, Deacon Jim began his ministry to the parish in earnest, but he had not been a stranger to service in the Church prior to his ordination in 1991. In fact, those are the kind of men the Church is looking for, men who are already active parishioners, serving their brothers and sisters in a variety of ways. In his case, Deacon Jim had worked many years with young people as a coach and in various scouting programs, not to mention his high school teaching career.
As the first deacon ordained to the permanent diaconate from St. Dominic Savio, Deacon Jim has made many contributions. He has continued to work with young people in scouting and in his co-leadership of the Habitat for Humanity summer trip for high school students. He developed the Ready-Response teams for the parish to do odd jobs for parishioners, especially the elderly. Deacon Jim developed the Marriage and More ministry in support of solid Catholic marriages within our parish. He serves on the Parish Council, offers Adult Education courses and assists with Masses, including our children’s Masses. Deacon Jim celebrates Baptisms, prepares couples for Marriage, celebrates their weddings, visits the sick and dying, buries the dead and prepares thoughtful homilies. On behalf of the entire parish, I want to thank Deacon Jim for his warm personality, caring disposition, open and affirming pastoral style, and for the generosity with which he has served the people these last 25 years. God bless you for all the good work you have done in bringing the love and truth of Jesus to God’s people.
After an unprecedented fifteen years at St. Dominic Savio, Christian Cosas, has begun his transition to a new position as music director of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Kettering, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton. A friend of St. Dominic Savio forever, it won’t be long before we hear more about this talented liturgical musician on the national scene. If you would like to contact Christian, his new address is: St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 4500 Ackerman Blvd. Kettering, OH 45429.
The search committee has been at work for several weeks now and they have had a couple of good interviews with very capable candidates. Our goal is to offer a position by July 1st. In the meantime, Ms. Taylor Glomb, a junior at Cor Jesu and parishioner from Little Flower in Richmond Heights, will be filling in. She has taken piano since she was five and has taken organ lessons from Mr. John Walsh since she was twelve. John frequently substituted for Christian when he was absent from the parish. We welcome Taylor (and her parents) to our community for the weekend Masses.
With the beginning of summer, the Children’s Liturgy of the Word program goes on vacation, too. Many thanks to Gail Jones (organizer), Rose Karcher, Angie Meyer and Mary Gardner-Stage for taking turns leading the children each Sunday during the school year. We LOVE having the children at our Masses and appreciate how these ladies help the younger children come to know Jesus in ways appropriate to their ages.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us,
Fr. Paul Rothschild