Jottings from Fr. J.J.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A FEW DAYS MAKES!A couple weeks ago, Fr. Moses had to go back to Kenya.  He is recovering from malaria and is doing very well. He sends his best to all of you.  With a large active parish like St. Anastasia, the Archdiocese has been scrambling to put things in order.  Clanking around the rectory by myself has been a little lonely.  Therefore, I have been scrambling to put things in order as well.  I am happy to let you know that there is good news on both fronts.

As we printed a few weeks back, Fr. Anthony Camilleri will join us on July 1st.  Fr. Anthony grew up in the Farmington area and Highland Township and was ordained in 2007. He presently serves as Associate Pastor at The Shrine of the Little Flower.

We have some other great news from the AOD.  Fr. James Grau will also join us on July 1st.  He is from St. Michael’s in Livonia.  Technically, Fr. James is newly ordained even though he was ordained last year.  Fr. Grau was trained for the priesthood at the Pontifical North American College in Rome and consistent with tradition there, was ordained as a priest one year before graduation.  He is familiar with our area since he assisted at Holy Name Parish, Birmingham, and St. Thomas More, here in Troy last summer.

Although I am very happy to have my brother priests join us here in this illustrious parish, I am “elated” to have someone else join us:  Annie.  Named after our Patroness, Anastasia, Annie is the result of a long and thorough search for the perfect rectory dog.  She was rescued from a shelter in Ohio about a week and a half ago.  She is a labradoodle, (i.e. half lab, half standard poodle).  They breed them for the friendly lab temperament and the intelligence of a standard poodle.  Annie will remain around 50 lbs., (That is if I can convince the staff to stop giving her treats).  She is extremely happy, friendly, and does not shed (another perk of labradoodles).  I am pleased to say that she has settled in very well.  The 3, 4, and 5 year old girls in our preschool program may differ with that last statement, since I heard blood curdling screams coming from their room after Annie wandered in to say hello.  After a few shattered ear drums (man those kids can scream loud), all exited without a scratch. Oh, and great news: she has not messed once on the carpet!  Let’s see if the new priests can do the same after they arrive!?

God bless,
Fr. J.J.