HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- At the noon Mass on Sunday, May 19, Corpus Christi Parish commemorated pastor Father Pat Mulewski's fortieth anniversary as a priest in the Catholic Church. The Mass was followed by a reception in the school cafeteria that was attended by parishioners, and members of Mulewski's family.
Mulewski was the main celebrant at the Mass, which was co-celebrated by Corpus Christi parish priest Father Gabriel Perdomo; former Corpus Christi pastor Monsignor Lew Papera; former Corpus Christi parish priests Father Raymond Holmes and Father Juan Camilo Restrepo; Father Richard Mucowski, pastor of the Church of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady in Wood-Ridge; and Father Jerry Hahn, pastor of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Northvale, whom Father Pat met while in the seminary.
Father Jerry Hahn preached the homily at the Mass. He included some amusing stories about his longtime friendship with Mulewski, and commended him as a friend and as a fine priest.
In his remarks near the end of the Mass, Mulewski told of how he was blessed in every assignment that he had been given in the Archdiocese of Newark. After being ordained with the Sacrament of Holy Orders on May 26, 1979, his first parish assignment was at St. Paul the Apostle in Jersey City, where he spent thirteen years. He was then assigned to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Ridgewood, and then became the pastor of St. Pius X in Old Tappan. His next assignment was Corpus Christi, at which he is finishing his fifth year.
Mulewski noted that Monsignor Papera was one of the people who influenced him to continue in his studies to become a priest, and said that it was an honor to succeed him as pastor of Corpus Christi.
“During my priesthood, I was blessed in all my assignments,” Mulewski wrote in his message in the bulletin for that Sunday. “There was not one that I would change as every parish had faith-filled people.”
The adult choir, usually heard at the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass, sang hymns specially requested by Father Pat. Members of the children’s choir sang a special song following the reception of Holy Communion.
A luncheon followed Mass, where Mayor Jack DeLorenzo and members of the Borough Council were on hand as the mayor read a proclamation acknowledging Mulewski's special milestone.
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