Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Roosevelt Island St Francis Xavier Cabrini Parishioners Say Goodbye And Thank You To Fr.Thomas Kallumady At Parish Picnic

Image From Frank Farance

The Roosevelt Island St Francis Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church

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held a parish picnic Sunday July 26 and also said goodbye to its priest, Fr. Thomas Kallumady,

 Image Of Fr. Thomas Kallumady (in center) From Frank Farance

who is leaving Roosevelt Island after 1 year to minister at St John The Evangelist in Mount Carmel NY.

Roosevelt Island resident and St Cabrini member Frank Farance shares some scenes as parishioners say goodbye to Fr. Kallumady

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and reports:
I very much appreciate the work that Fr. Thomas has done for our parish: not only has he provided wonderful spiritual guidance

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and navigated the church consolidation of the Archdiocese, but he has somehow managed to navigate the Roosevelt Island real estate labyrinth (RIOC, Hudson-Related, etc.) and establish the 504 Main Street space

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as the new home for the parish. He has also built a good relationship with the Episcopalian parish here, and we have had social events with both parishes -- the Episcopalian parish was invited and attended our picnic. All Good Stuff from Fr. Thomas.

Jonathan Hoo of Riverwalk Bar and Grill

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donated a fair amount of food (hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, etc.) for our parish picnic.

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The Seniors Association helped with the venue: thanks to Dolores Green, Marilyn Atkins, and Barbara Parker.

Father Kallumady says goodbye at the picnic

Images From Frank Farance

and plays an enthusiastic game of ping pong.

Image From Frank Farance.

More pictures of the goodbye to Fr. Kallumady from Mr. Farance here.

The new pastor for Roosevelt Island St Francis Xavier Cabrini Church is Fr. Richard Baker who will be the pastor for two other churches in the area. According to Catholic New York:
... Father Richard Baker, who had been pastor of St. Malachy’s-The Actor’s Chapel in Manhattan since 2004, has been named pastor of St. John Nepomucene-St. Francis Xavier Cabrini-St. John the Martyr parish in Manhattan. He was director of music at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie and director of music for the archdiocese. He was parochial vicar of St. Eugene’s, Yonkers, and St. Philip Neri, the Bronx. He taught and was an administrator at St. John Neumann Seminary Residence. He was ordained in 1990...
Welcome Fr. Baker to Roosevelt Island.