We are the Haselkorn family and you can usually find us and our four children in one of the front pews at the 9:30am Sunday Liturgy. As we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family, we are reflecting on how grateful we are for the Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and the spiritual home it provides our family, the families we have met, and the academic and spiritual education it provides our children.
Growing up Catholic in Illinois, we had the experience of wonderful home parishes led by great pastors. In fact, the priest that married Keegan’s parents became the pastor at Jody’s home parish and eventually married us. It was this sense of feeling “at home” that we were looking for when we moved to Rochester, and we have found exactly that at St. John the Evangelist with the beautiful church and all the wonderful staff and parishioners. We look forward to Sundays and connecting on a weekly basis with fellow parishioners participating in the gift Jesus gave us through the Eucharist. Father Mahon inspires us with his weekly reflections and challenges, and we enjoy continuing the conversation with our children after mass. Our children have enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the children’s liturgy and our whole family enjoys participating in the amazing music Sebastian and the choir provide. For our family, attending weekly Mass together is a guiding force that helps ground us and brings us together.
We also appreciate all the opportunities available for participation both in the church and the surrounding community. Through assisting Megan with baptism formation gatherings, we have had the opportunity to meet and pray with several members of the community on their faith journey. It is always such a joy to gather at the baptismal font and share in the joy of welcoming our newest members. Our children also enjoy participating in the baptisms during the mass and witnessing God’s grace in action. Our family also enjoys opportunities to get involved in the larger community whether it is baking treats for the Gift of Life Transplant House or shopping for the Adopt-a-family program during the holidays. We truly enjoy these gifts offered to our family by St. John’s. Going to parochial schools growing up, a faith filled education was a priority for our family, and we are grateful to have the St. Pius/St. John’s school integrated in our parish. We are truly grateful to our teachers and the staff as they teach our children both academics and our Catholic faith. Our children are always excited and happy to go to school and spend time with their teachers and friends. We also enjoy all the opportunities available to us as parents to come to school to volunteer at lunch, in the library, and during special occasions.
In addition, we are grateful that our children attend mass weekly at school and get to participate in the liturgy with their classmates. It is a joy to attend the school masses and watch the children as they celebrate the gift Jesus gave to us.
As we continue our family’s faith journey, we are grateful to have the St. John’s community here to support us and offer faith filled opportunities to get involved. We are so thankful for all of the friends and families we have met, and we look forward to meeting many more in the future. During this Feast of the Holy Family, we hope and pray for health and happiness for all of our families. We wish you the most Blessed of Christmas Seasons.
Jody, Keegan, Stella, Lucy, Etta and Vince Haselkorn