During the bazaar weekend in September 1981, Father Henry Harper, our new pastor, arrived with his faithful companion, Muffin.
As Father met the members of his
parish family, he
commented on the spirit of the people to get things done and a new dimension of sharing began during this period of change.
emphasized the importance of being involved in organized activities and meetings to share ideas and time together.
As Father Harper
amazingly spread his
time between numerous meetings and social events, he
always made himself available to respond to the concerns of the parishioners.
initiated a summer youth program with religious and physical activities.
concern for the elders of our parish resulted in the Love Sharer's Program in which numerous younger adults adopted an older adult to form a partnership and keep check on the well being of the older person.
Periodically special events and activities were carried out to widen the social horizon of the elderly as well.
was also instrumental in our church becoming affiliated with TMO, The Metropolitan Organization
During Father Harper's
tenure, we experienced the opportunity to be a part of the formation of four young seminarians.