A Note from St. Pius X Parishioners to Father Rowland
Thank you Father Rowland for you service to our Parish. We appreciate that it is no easy task to administer to a congregation that includes the entire counties of Grand and San Juan, an expanse of nearly 12,000 square miles, which you faithfully travel weekly. You are, truly, an inspiration.
A Short Reflection on the Priesthood
Jesus chose someone to help us walk as His disciples. He is the Good Shepherd and He cares about His sheep. And just as Jesus gave His life to serve the human family, so too, He calls certain men to stand in His place today and continue to give their lives in service to us. A priest is a priest twenty-four hours a day. During the day, he must celebrate Mass, visit the sick, and counsel people who need his help. He must stay close to his young people and the parish school and he must watch over and guide the many groups that are part of his parish family. He must prepare his sermons so that they help his people understand and live out the word of God. He must pray daily for God’s help – for himself and for his people. He must stay in touch with families to encourage them as followers of Jesus. At night, he must be ready to get out of bed and be there when someone is sick or dying or in an accident and in need of the sacraments. (Adopted from: T. Cosentino Renfrew County CDSB, 2019 Prayer Service for a Pastor’s Anniversary of Ordination)