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WE WISH FATHER PHILIP RUGGIERO A FOND FAREWELL
The St. Clement community wished Father Philip Ruggiero a fond farewell after the 5 p.m. mass on Saturday, June 25. We were pleased with the turnout at the dinner. Bishop David O’Connell has reassigned Father Philip to St. Maxmillian Kolbe parish in Toms River where he will be closer to his family. During his eight years at St. Clement, Father Phil touched the lives of many of our parishioners and served our community very well. We wish him well in his new ministry.
FATHER TOM VALA FORMALLY INSTALLED AS PASTOR OF ST. CLEMENT
(Reprinted from Trenton Monitor) The importance of family was the theme during the Mass of Installation in St. Clement Church May 22. Father Thomas A. Vala, who had served as the parish administrator since the previous July, stood before his siblings, cousins, friends and parish family during the 11 a.m. Mass where Msgr. Thomas J. Mullelly, diocesan episcopal vicar for clergy and consecrated life, pronounced him the Matawan parish’s fourth pastor. Concelebrating with Msgr. Mullelly and Father Vala at the liturgy included St. Clement parochial vicar, Father Philip Ruggiero; Father Mark T. Devlin, pastor of Holy Family Parish, Keyport, and Father John A. Bogacz, parochial vicar in St. Justin Parish, Toms River. They were assisted by St. Clement deacons Mark Micali and Tom Wadolowski.
Part of the program involves parishes sharing ideas and collaborating with other parishes in what the Diocese calls a Cohort. St. Clement – Matawan will be the largest parish in a cohort that includes Holy Family of Union Beach, St. Joseph of Keyport and Jesus the Lord of Keyport. We have just completed our Cohort meetings and have submitted a draft final cohort suggestion to the Diocese. The draft suggestion is listed here for your reading pleasure. Cohort Suggestion Form (2nd Draft)(1)
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