The Bishop of Tianguá presents the new Augustinian Recollect parish priest of Guaraciaba do Norte, who receives the keys of the city

On November 17 the Augustinian Recollect Santiago José Martínez took possession of the Parish of Our Lady of Joys of Guaraciaba do Norte (Ceará, Brazil), when the one that was destined to be parish priest, Jesús María López Mauleón, had been appointed by Pope Francis as Bishop of the new Prelature of Upper Xingu - Tucuma in the state of Pará (Brazil). The celebration was presided over by the Bishop of the Diocese of Tianguá (Ceará, Brazil), Francisco Edimilson Neves Ferreira. He sprayed the assembly with Holy Water as he walked with Friar Santiago to the Chapel of the Most Holy temple where they prayed for a moment, and soon after they turned to the sacristy to prepare for the Eucharistic celebration.
News | 2019 Nov 23

After a few minutes, the Eucharist began, scheduled for six-thirty in the afternoon. In the entrance procession, just after theCensor and Boat, the Cross and the Candles arrived, several altar boys from the various communities of the parish arrived,who paid tribute with their presence to Friar Santiago as he had served as their mentor and who from that celebration was to become the parish priest. 

Then came the readers, including the mayor of the municipality; the ministers of the Eucharist elected to serve in thecelebration; and then the concelebrants.  The Nave was full of the faithful, who with great attention and devotion attended theinauguration of the new parish priest after more than two months of waiting.

After the greeting, the Provision Document and the Pastor's Appointment were read. Then Friar Santiago made the professionof faith and the oath of fidelity to assume and exercise his new responsibility on behalf of the Church.

During these moments, the assembly was completely silent and attentive to every detail of the rites of surrender. In his homily,Archbishop Edimilson spoke about National Youth Day and World Day of the Poor, which took place on the same date, andstressed the importance of the parish priest in the care and attention of the young and the poor.

Subsequently, the newly appointed parish priest renewed his priestly promises and visited with the bishop the places that willbecome the center of his priestly ministry: The Baptismal Font, the Confessional, the Tabernacle, the Presider’s Chair and theAltar.  

During the act of thanksgiving, the new parish priest received a bouquet of flowers and a miniature image of the patron saint.The Eucharistic celebration ended with the hymn to Our Lady of Joys.

A community dinner was then prepared at the Parish Pastoral Center, where the various pastoral and ministerial groupswelcomed the parish priest and presented themselves again, now in a more relaxed environment. In turn, the mayor gave ashort speech and gave Friar Santiago the keys of the city as a sign of his welcome into the local society.  

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