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St. Joe's Bids Farewell to Rev. Schlafer, Msgr. Guarino

Father Joe heading to parish in Bohemia, Msgr. Guarino will retire.

On Father's Day, St. Joseph's Church said goodbye to a greatly admired Reverend, Joseph M. Schlafer.

Father Schlafer has been with St. Joseph’s since 1999, serving two six-year terms. He has been appointed as the new pastor of St. John Nepomucene Parish in Bohemia.

In his final thoughts to the people of St. Joseph’s, Father Schlafer said, “...I will always be applauding you for your great faith and the generosity with which you share that faith in so many different ways.”

He added that he's “happy to have known so many warmhearted generous people who not only have so much to give, but give it unhesitatingly.”

Father Joe expressed tremendous gratitude to have had so many followers and wants them to know they are "his people." He served St. Joe's for 12 years.

Also in June, Rev. Msgr. Charles A. Guarino celebrated 45 years of priestly life and ministry. After receiving permission from Bishop Murphy, he is now able to retire. He, like Father Joe, celebrated his last mass at St. Joseph’s Church on June 19.

In his final note, he expressed “…gratitude to you who have so graciously accepted me, welcomed me into your homes, invited me to dinner or kindly complimented my homilies and celebrations of Holy Mass.”

Msgr. Guarino celebrated his 70th birthday five days prior, on June 14.

Tina Cento June 30, 2011 at 02:36 AM
Fr. Joe is the most spiritual, truly Christian priest I have had the pleasure of working with for the past 12 years. He was a wonderful leader of the entire Parish, especially for the youth. Vacation Bible School and the Youth Group, which he personally championed, flourished under his guidance and endless support. He was extremely kind and generous to the needs of our parish families in their times of loss and need. My family is personally grateful that we had Fr. Joe in our lives. St. John Nepomucene Parish in Bohemia will truly benefit from his leadership. His loving, spiritual and warm style of leadership will be sorely missed. As a parent of teens who were young when Fr. Joe was gifted to our Parish, I feel blessed that my children got to know him and grew up with him as their own Christian faith was being formed. Thank you Fr. Joe. You are an example of what a "Man of God" truly is. You will be hard to be replaced.

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