…and it Takes a Priest to Hold the Village Together
On Sunday, September 20, the parish communities of Holy Family and St. Mary’s gathered at Holy Family Church in Birmingham, Alabama, for a farewell celebration Mass for Fr. Bob Crossmyer, CP. A reception was held after Mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral. After more than 20 years as Pastor at Holy Family, Fr. Bob is going on sabbatical. He will return to Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School next year to resume teaching.
The theme for the day was, “It takes a village to make a priest, and it takes a priest to hold the village together.” The outpouring of love and gratitude for Fr. Bob was evident throughout the day. It can best be summed up by Holy Family’s parishioners:
“Through his leadership as Pastor, Fr. Bob has planted and cultivated seeds that have aided in our spiritual growth for the past 20 years. As an educator, he not only taught us the Word of God, but was a teacher at Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School, and has remained a committed supporter of Holy Family Catholic Academy. He was also dedicated to the needy and homeless of the Ensley community, and has been available to all, whether it be for healing the sick, death, marriage, baptism or counseling. In the last 20 years, Fr. Bob has presided over 162 Baptisms; 145 First Communions; 157 Confirmations; 60 new members through the RCIA program; 23 marriages and 166 funerals.
It was hard work, but we made an even better Priest out of him and he definitely held us together!”
Congratulations Fr. Bob! We look forward to your return next year!