It has been a year already since I arrived here at Saint Juliana Parish and School, during this time I got to know many of you and started building a bond together. It has been a great year with many excitements from the parish and the school and also with some challenges and opportunities to grow. Because of your support, prayers and kindness, we were able to make many steps forward and continue to keep looking into our future with enthusiasm and optimism. I am glad to see that the apostolic ministries continue to grow; the school is striving to provide a Catholic Education to the community. It is with great joy this year that we welcome 40 new families to our school. It has been a team effort of parents, faculty and the entire community. I want to thank all of you for the great job. It is always important to acknowledge the presence of the priests at the school. This year Fr. Mike with the help of Fr. Dominic and I will be taking more responsibilities as the religion teacher. We are all excited about that. Again I am asking you for your continued prayer.
During the summer different works have been done to maintain the beauty of our wonderful campus: Like pressure cleaning the roofs of the school facilities, new chiller has been installed for the classrooms. Also with the participation of the Apostolic Ministries we were able to replace the AC unit in the cafeteria.
Our Summer Fun Activities "We are Family" has been very enlightening and opened our eyes more and more to the reality of our Parish. I want to thank everyone for all the hard work you have done for Saint Juliana. We still have more to do, more challenges to face, but I am very confident with your prayers and your continued support we will make it. One of our biggest concerns now is about the roof of the rectory/offices. Several months ago we found some leaks in Fr. Dominic’s room and some other part of the house. The attempt to fix those leaks was not very successful since the roof is very old with many broken and loose tiles. The rainy seasons make me very nervous. The cost to replace the roof will be approximately $60,000.00. I am seeking for your support and your generosity. Anyone who would like to help for this project, please contact me any time you can. I am very grateful for everything you have already done for this parish.
One last note, as per July 1, 2014, Msgr. Gerald Barbarito has officially assigned me as pastor of Saint Juliana. There will be an Installation Mass to be celebrated by Bishop Barbarito on September 14, 2014 at noon. You are cordially invited to join me as we give thanks to God on this special occasion. Once again, thank you and may God bless you.
Rev. Ducasse François
The Mission of St. Juliana Parish is to grow spiritually, evangelize and serve, united as one family of faith, welcoming and including each person with love.