“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19

This weekend, we’re blessed to have two new priests ordained for our Diocese, and both have some connection to our community. Fr. Phillip spent last summer with us while Fr. Michael has a much deeper connection being this, his parish home. It has been a blessing to support and encourage Fr. Michael who for the last nine years has been in the process of formation, allowing the Holy Spirit to form his heart into the heart of Christ and to become a shepherd who constantly leads God’s people to Jesus Christ. As a community, let us continue to pray for these two men who have surrendered their lives to Christ and his people. As Fr. Michael prepares to move on from our community, I’ve asked him to share some final thoughts with us. Dear St. Charles Parishioners, In our Gospel today, we hear the Great Commission in which Jesus commissions the Apostles to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold I am with you always, until the end of the age.” As I read these words, I cannot help but think about the many members of this parish community who have preached the Gospel and helped me become a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. Each of you have shown me in small and great ways what it means to know, to love, and to serve God. Through your very lives you have shown me what it means to “observe all that [Jesus] has commanded you.” On this Most Holy Trinity Sunday, the Church calls us to reflect on the love of the Triune God, the God who has poured Himself out of love for humanity so that each of us can come to know how much he cares for us and how much He desires to be in relationship with us. Thank you for being a witness to me of this love and faithfulness. St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church was my first summer assignment as a seminarian and since the Summer of 2016 I have never left, even becoming my home parish. You have not only seen me become a disciple of Christ throughout the years, but you have seen me grow into a man, a servant of Christ as His Deacon and now His very presence in the world as His Priest. I am so grateful to this great community for your love, prayers, and support. I want to personally thank all the clergy (past and present) who have served here at St. Charles Borromeo and who have impacted my life in so many ways. As I now enter the priesthood and begin my journey as a priest of Jesus Christ, I ask that you continue to pray for me and my new parish. Please pray that I may serve them with my whole heart and reflect the love of Christ to them. I also ask that you pray for my brother priests and I as we give our lives over to our bride, the Church. Please pray that we remain faithful to the call that the Lord has given to each of us so that we may serve the Church with the heart of Jesus Christ.

Ad Jesum, Per Mariam,

Father Michael David Batista