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Frank Iacona, pastor at Sacred Heart and a lifelong Catholic, will perform immersion baptism for the first time tonight.
"I am looking forward to this," he
said, explaining that the catechumens will enter about two feet of water in the tiled baptismal font.He
expects to see joy on their faces and the faces of the congregation.
"It is life-giving not only to them," he
said, "but to us through them."
News-Leader.com | Life
Frank Iacona, former pastor at Our Lady of Fatima parish in Perth Amboy, N.J., will serve as pastor of Sacred Heart.
Sacred Heart Parish Staff
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Some missed work and others dragged themselves out of bed for an 8 a.m. service to honor Father Frank Iacona, who congregants say has turned around this parish.
The parishioners credit Iacona
with stitching together a sense of community among the Anglo and Hispanic members, organizing the church, being a dynamic speaker and bringing a new level of compassion.Above all, he
has been a friend to many.
They surprised him with a party for the fifth anniversary of his
...Also a former lawyer, Iacona is admired for the millionaire lifestyle he gave up to become a priest and shepherd a north-side church.
"I had it all, but I felt a hunger," Iacona
is said to be a dynamite speaker , likely because of his
voice echoed off the cathedral ceiling.
asked what people were praying for, members called out.One woman said she
was praying for "Joe and Mary."
visits the sick, elderly and homebound every Wednesday.
sweeps the floors, takes out the trash and cleans wherever it's needed.
united the Anglo and Hispanic populations in the church, said Karen Sinderman.
To build a community, you should throw a party, Iacona
says, because people should celebrate together as well as pray together.
"That (unity) can be a challenge sometimes.We tend to see what separates us more than what unites us," he
"The thing I learned a long time ago is whatever is said about us, good or bad, has more to do with the person saying it than it does us," Iacona
...Iosif Enciu (right) looks up to Father Frank Iacona, the priest at Sacred Heart Church, on Wednesday morning during a celebration of the fifth year of Iacona's priesthood.
... -- Estera Enciu, organizer of the celebration for Father Frank Iacona
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Father Frank Iacona, C.M.F., pastor, is excited about the $1.2 million enlarged welcome and parish center to open in June.The center will seat approximately 270 and include a kitchen, offices, and classrooms that are connected to the church."This project will provide space for English-language classes and other outreach programs to new Hispanic immigrants, helping us to fulfill our designation as 'The Welcoming Catholic Parish in Springfield,'" Iacona says.
At the invitation of Bishop John Leibrecht, Sacred Heart became a "welcoming parish" for Hispanics, and has retained that designation under Father Iacona
, who succeeded Father Peplansky as pastor in 2005.
adds, "Our Hispanic population continues to grow, and the center will help us take care of the many social needs of recent immigrants, especially in the area of orientation regarding where to look for jobs, how to use city buses, medical care, and legal services.