Sunday, March 25, 2007

New Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Church

Father Michael J. Russo who is currently serving at Assumption Church, Franklin, Louisiana, has been selected by Bishop Jarrell to become the new Pastor of Fatima Church, Lafayette. This is indeed excellent news for us, and we anticipate that under his leadership, the music programs of Fatima Church will continue to prosper and grow. Fr. Russo was my "first pick" for a pastor when news came that Monsignor Provost had been named Bishop of Lake Charles. Prayers for the intercession of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, to whom I have had a particular devotion since my high school days, and to whose prayers I credit much, I believe directly influenced the calling of Fr. Russo to Lafayette. Interesting still is that Assumption Church in Franklin offers novena prayers regularly to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The match is perfect! The top picture is a shot of the the new chest added to the Assumption Church Wicks organ, aptly placed beneath the St. Cecilia Window. I played one of the dedicatory recitals at the church several years ago. We definately do not discount the intercessions of St. Cecilia and especially those of Our Lady of Fatima in Fr. Russo's calling to Lafayette. Deo Gratias!

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