On Monday, the students of Saint John Vianney had the privilege of having three priests from the Diocese of Trenton lead their mass on St. Joseph’s Day, which honors the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Father Dennis Apoldite of Sacred Heart Parish in Trenton, Father Fernando Lopez of Saint Aloysius Parish in Jackson and Father John Testa of Precious Blood Parish in Monmouth Beach led the mass for the school.
After the mass all of the male students were given a
presentation by the priests about their experiences in the priesthood. They spoke about how and why they decided to join the priesthood and showed the students a video entitled, Fishers of Men, which explained the importance of the priesthood and answering the call of God.
Father Dennis, Father Fernando and Father John all came from different backgrounds and had different reasons for joining the priesthood. They explained to the students that they can still have normal lives in the priesthood. They can have friends, go to the movies, paint ball and play video
games. Joining the priesthood does not restrict you from life but allows you to have a fulfilling life devoted to Catholicism.
The students were happy to meet the priest and felt that it
did open their eyes to a different side of the priesthood.