Dear Friends in Christ,
This month is Gloucester Township Hispanic Month and I am so proud to congratulate three recipients who are special to our community. On October 10, 2018 Mayor David Mayer of Gloucester Township honored Father Rene Canales, along with his assistant at Saint Jude’s, Carmen Williams and one of our young parishioners Chelsea Melendez. Estamos muy orgullosos de ellos! These three outstanding Catholics are a credit to the Lord and to their heritage. The rich heritage of the Latino people, in general, brings so much to our Church and to the community. The Choir of Saint Jude’s Church performed at the celebration sharing their talent with those present. I also wish blessings on my dear brother, Father Rene, his family and the faithful from El Salvador on the canonization this past weekend of Saint Óscar Romero who was martyred in San Salvador on March 24, 1980 while offering the Holy Mass. Saint Óscar once said, “If we are worth anything, it is not because we have more money or more talent, or more human qualities. Insofar as we are worth anything, it is because we are grafted onto Christ’s life, his cross and resurrection. That is a person’s measure.” San Óscar Romero, ruega por nosotros! ¡Viva San Óscar! ¡Que viva!
God bless you,