"It's a regular country parish," said Father Anthony Giuliano, the pastor.
"The people know one another," he
They are there no matter what the weather," said Father Giuliano, who was recently appointed to serve as pastor of St. John the Evangelist in Pawling while continuing at St. Charles Borromeo.
Stained-glass windows portray the seven sacraments as well as other symbols of the faith.
"They are teaching tools for the church, and symbols to help people understand the faith," Father Giuliano
Father Giuliano is the lone priest at St. Charles Borromeo, which is also served by Deacon James Lawlor.
The pastor told CNY
that there is an atmosphere of familiarity at the parish, with everyone knowing their neighbors.
That helps in what he
sees as the parish's mission, which he
said is "to bring back the lost and wayward sheep of God."
To do this, he
tells parishioners to live out the Gospel message and spread the word that the parish is there to welcome all.
"We have 17 mobile home parks in (our) boundaries," Father Giuliano
said, noting that he
visits them with the hope of bringing people into the parish.
The best way to darw new parishioners, he
said, is by word of mouth.
"In a country parish, they trust each other more readily," he
People are coming into the parish, slowly but surely, particularly the young.
said with affection, "We are always trying to get back the lost sheep," and added that for the future the aim is to keep that mission going.