Patriarch Twal with Yonkers parishioners in memory of Fr. Totah

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Patriarch Twal with Yonkers parishioners in memory of Fr. Totah

Fr. Rif'at Bader-Yonkers

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twalh has presided over a Mass in memory of Fr. Sami Totah, one of the priests of the Latin Patriarchate, who passed away after suffering from illness and was buried in San Francisco last week. Present at the Mass were Mayor of Yonkers Mike Spano, a number of advisers, several Latin Patriarchate priests and a large crowd of the faithful.

Patriarch Twal conveyed condolences to the parishioners of the Good Shepherd Church in Yonkers whom Fr. Totah had sincerely served with devotion over 37 years. He said that what distinguishes the life of this priest is simplicity, humility and calm in facing dilemmas and difficulties. He also recalled the assistance he had accorded to several Latin Patriarchate institutions and paid tribute to the heroic manner in which he tolerated illness where he died surrounded by the love of his family and his brothers,and the priests of the Latin Patriarchate.He also greeted the parishioners saying that the wish of Fr. Sami was to see you united, loving one another and living in humility which makes life more beautiful.

The Patriarch of Jerusalem also announced that he named Fr. Firas Hatter to be the new parish priest. He also called on the parishioners to support the new parish priest.

The parishioners applauded the new priests who participated in the Mass, namely Fr. Baha' Istfan and Fr. Bashar Fawadleh. He also delivered a welcoming speech noting that Fr.Sami had served the parishioners for 37 years during which he granted the baptism sacrament to 674 children; the sacrament of marriage to 228 couples; and he performed 148 burials.

He concluded by saying: Thank you, Lord, for all these blessings and other countless blessings. He also read out the speech sent by St. Thomas Moore parish in San Francisco signed by parish priest Fr. Labib Copti.

The patriarch then touched on the peace missing in the Arab region. He also highlighted the benefits of the papal visit to the Holy Land which took place two months ago expressing his admiration and appreciation for His Holiness Pope Francis' humility. He also spoke about the Synod due to convene at the Vatican next October which will tackle family and the problems it encounters nowadays.

Prior to the Mass, Patriarch Twal met with representatives of the parish, and listened to their concerns and future hopes. He also promised to provide all kind of support for the prosperity of the parish. After the Mass the parish conveyed condolences to the patriarch and priests.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 15:13
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