Friday, June 27th was a very busy day at Our Lady of the Mountains Parish. Fr. Ariel Lustan celebrated his 20th anniversary as a priest and it was his farewell party from the parish and his school-All Saints Catholic. Nine of his years of ordination were spent in his homeland of the Philippines. The rest were spent in the Diocese of Tucson.
The celebration began with Mass. Altar servers, deacons and the Knights of Columbus were ready to begin the big celebration.
vicariate who came to the celebration as well priests from the vicariate.
After the 1st Reading was read the choir sang the response: You Are A Priest Forever-requested by Fr. Ariel.
At the offertory procession, the parish staff brought up the gifts. Special items brought up were the building plans for the parish rectory that Fr. Ariel spearheaded; and a certificate stating that the school mortgage 4 years ago was $420,000 and now in the 5th year of a 15 year mortgage is at $20,000! The parishioners were shocked to hear this and broke into spontaneous applause!
After the Mass, all proceeded to the parish hall for a potluck dinner and short program thanking Fr. A for his four years of service to our parish.
Sister Carol, as principal, led her students in thanking Fr. A for his involvement with All Saints Catholic School.
Sr. Carol and students sang, "Welcome to the Family" that Fr. Ariel had requested the school choir to learn last year. It was a song sung in the Philippines for the Jubilee year of 2000!
The faculty and students presented to Fr. A a book of their pictures and letters of appreciation to him.