SASKATOON — The twinned parish communities of St. Michael and St. Peter the Apostle recently bade farewell to two long-serving employees in a combined celebration Oct. 19 in Saskatoon.
Myrna Wolfe, who served 25 years at St. Michael Parish, and Pat Bitinsky, who served 23 years at St. Peter the Apostle, were the guests of honour at a program attended by some 200 parishioners, friends and colleagues, including several priests they served with over the years.
Myrna and her husband Bob Wolfe, and Pat and her husband Jim Bitinsky were ushered into the church to begin the evening celebration with prayer. Rev. Iheanyi Enwerem, OP, the present pastor of St. Michael and St. Peter parishes, led a brief prayer service, with music provided by choir members from both communities.
A reception and program followed in the church hall. A song by CWL members, the sharing of stories and anecdotes, and a slide show of photographs were all part of the program.
Speakers included representatives of the CWL and the Parish Pastoral Council expressing words of appreciation.
Diocesan vicar-general Rev. Kevin McGee — who served as pastor of both St. Michael and St. Peter — brought greetings from Bishop Donald Bolen. Former pastor Rev. Patrick Ampani spoke on behalf of all the priests who served with Myrna and Pat.
Other priests attending were Rev. Denis Phaneuf, Msgr. Raymond Senger (who served with Pat and who presided at the wedding of Myrna and Bob), and Keewatin-Le Pas Archbishop Murray Chatlain, who prayed a blessing over Pat and Myrna and their families at the conclusion of the program.
Myrna and Pat also spoke during the evening, sharing thoughts about their years of ministry and their upcoming retirement, as well as expressing gratitude for the celebration.