This weekend we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination to the Priesthood of Msgr. Patrick Irwin. Msgr. Irwin is a former pastor of St. Cecelia parish, and the celebration will take place at the 11:30 a.m. Mass here in our church this Sunday morning.
Msgr. Irwin still assists our parish by celebrating Masses and visiting Morton Plant Hospital. We congratulate him and wish him well in the years ahead.
A personal note: Msgr. Irwin was pastor of Holy Cross Parish in St. Petersburg when I was assigned there as his parochial vicar in 1989. Later, I followed in his footsteps as pastor of St. Stephen Parish in Riverview, FL. He is a great spiritual leader and an inspiration to me and to many!
God bless you, Msgr. Irwin, on your 50th Anniversary of Ordination!
And let us continue to pray for one another.