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REVEREND MONSIGNOR GUY A. FESTA

After looking through hundreds of pictures over the past six months, I felt that this one picture best portrays Monsignor Festa's thirty years of service to the people of St. Bart's and the City of Norwich. The picture was taken during the Mass of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday night. Following the example of Christ, Monsignor washes the feet of twelve altar boys.

 

On the night of that Last Supper two thousand years ago, Christ taught the Apostles he was about to ordain what priesthood should mean. So the life of every priest who follows in the footsteps of the Apostles should be one of service in imitation of Christ who gave his life for all men.

 

Over the past thirty years, Monsignor Festa has been above all a Servant. His life has meant Service to the people of Norwich. Thirty years is a long time, and over the past three decades Monsignor has faced the challenge of a changing Church in a changing world.

 

He has understood the hard but stupendous mission of the Church, now more than ever engaged in teaching all men about life and about their true dignity as God's children. He has spent his priesthood teaching all men the immense riches of the love of Christ. He has been forever young, always growing, always changing, always facing life with a clear eye and a big heart.

 

This is the man. I feel this picture presents him as he really is: a priest accepting the imitation of Christ as a program for life, His heroism, His sanctity, His mission of goodness and salvation for all men.

 

For the people of St. Bart's, no other man has shown an ideal more true, more generous, more human, more holy than this man whose life is so close to the priesthood of Jesus Christ.

 

From February 11, 1944, to the present, he has been the Spirit of St. Bart's. I'm sure we feel that with each passing year that Spirit has grown better. It has been our unique privilege to have grown with him.

 

Father Colosimo
 February 11, 1974
THE MEANING OF ITS
SYMBOL
"THE BLESSED TRINITY"
is shown in a cross of three colors
(red, white and blue) as a symbol of
religion and patriotism

 

THE BOOK
stands for the
catechism open
to all who
seek Christian
knowledge and life
THE WORDS "DEUS EST"
(God exists)
stands for faith in
existence of God as
a basis for salvation

We that had loved him so,
Followed him, honored him,
Lived in his mild and magnificent eye,
Learned his great language,
Caught his clear accents,
Made him our pattern to live
and to die.....
--Robert Browning
"The Lost Leader"

PROGRAM

REDEDICATION..... JULY 27, 1986

                  MASS ---- 1:00                                                                                               St. Bartholomew's Church
  Dedication and Invocation ...............................................................................................Rev. Robert W. Libera
                                                                                                                                       Pastor of St. Bartholomew's
                                                                                                                                       Delegate of Bishop Harrison
  Trustee.........................................................................................................................Angelo Taranto
 Welcome.......................................................................................................................Frank Santolucito
 Master of Ceremonies.............................................................................................Edward S. Nelson, Esq
 Pastor of St Bartholomew's.....................................................................................Rev. Robert W. Libera
 Chairman of the Board NBT........................................................................................Everett Gilmour
 Brother of Monsignor Festa...............................................................................................Felix Festa
                                                                      Choir -- "Sing to the Mountain"
  President of Norwich Shoe Co..........................................................................................Jack Weinman
  President of Parish Council...........................................................................................Anthony Mirabito
  Prov. Superior of Sisters of St. Joseph...................................................................Sister Patricia Geary
                                                                     Choir--"Let There Be Peace"
  Assembly Minority Leader.........................................................................................Clarence Rappleyea
  Brother of Monsignor Festa........................................................................................     Al Festa
  Mayor of Norwcih.....................................................................................................Hon. Kermit Jones
  Pastor of St. Anthony's -- Utica.................................................................................Rev. Msgr. Carl Denti
 Recessional ........................................................................................................"Holy God We Praise Thy Name"

Committee for Dedication

                                                         Pastor.........................................................Robert W. Libera
                                                            Frank Santolucito and Frank Portelli ----- Co-Charirman
                              Fred Mirabito                                     Martha Farley
Frances Caezza Sister Julie Eigo
Sister Martha Larkin Mary Ward
William Smith Joe DiStefano
RoseAnn Taranto Julia Famalaro

Programs Compliments of Joe DiStefano in memory of his wife Mary

The Rev Guy A. Festa  Parish Center in 2008

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