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About Fr. Gregory
Fr. Gregory Golyzniak was born and raised in Muszyna, Poland, the youngest of four children. He attended the world's largest Catholic Seminary in Tarnow, Poland, and was ordained in 1998. Father Gregory came to the United States and was assigned to the Diocese of Syracuse, New York, from 2002-2008. He then transferred to the Diocese of Colorado Springs, first serving as pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Southgate. In 2013, Fr. Gregory was assigned to St. Peter Catholic Church in Monument. Fr. Gregory holds a PhD in Sacred Architecture with an emphasis on the Gothic architecture of the 11th-17th centuries.
September 29, 2023
Dear parishioners and guests,
Here it is, the month of October. How fast time passes! Looking at time passing so fast, I recall a special saying “Hurry to love others because so quickly, they pass from our side”.
On behalf of the Salesian sisters, Fr. Rajeev and me, I would like to say thank you for the beautiful celebrations of our accomplishments and anniversaries. We felt your prayers and support.
This weekend, I would like to give you some parish updates. On October 26, the HVAC company will install a new unit in our church. We waited so long and I hope it was worth it. Please remember we will be out of heating and air conditioning for about 10 days. Please dress appropriately to the weather conditions, so you are not too cold or overheating.
As a steward of your time, talent and treasure, I continue to make adjustments in our parish to make sure that everything works the best way possible. With that said, our church staff performed a special review of our front desk working hours. The result is that the time at the front desk after 2pm is not necessary. The “traffic" is so low that it doesn’t make sense to have our receptionist at the front desk. Therefore, I would like to see if closing the office at 2pm will be a good thing to do. We will start on the first week of October.
I invite you for a Eucharistic journey with me and my guests. Every weekend you can see video recordings on our website and Friday e-bulletin. All videos will be on the Eucharist in light of our National Eucharistic Revival.
May God bless you. I keep you in my prayers,
Get to know Fr. Rajeev
I am Fr. Rajeev OSB (from the Order of St. Benedict). I was born in Kerala, South India. I have my father and mother, a brother, his wife and a girl child of seven-years-old. My father was a tailor and now he is retired. My mother is a homemaker. My brother is a mason. My sister-in-law is a homemaker, too. Their little daughter is studying in the second grade. By the grace of God, I have a wonderful family.
In 1995, I joined a Benedictine Order longing to become a priest. I was ordained a priest on August 1, 2007. I took my degree in English Literature and gained a Bachelor of Education degree. I worked as an English teacher in our Catholic schools. I served as a superior in our monastery in the North East of India. I served in our different monasteries in India. My main charism was to preach retreats for the laity, religious nuns, and priests. I also served as the director of the Benedictine Retreat Centre, which conducts residential retreats for Christians.
In the Gospel of St. Mark, Jesus states: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature” (16:15). I love and find joy in sharing the Gospel messages to everyone I meet. It has always been my joy in doing healing and deliverance ministry, spiritual counseling and taking classes on the Bible.
I am not a great philosopher or theologian, nor an expert or scholar in anything. But here I am in America for the first time in my life. I feel honored and humbled to be part of St. Peter Catholic Church, Monument, in the Diocese of Colorado Springs. I have obeyed my God and authorities in coming here. I believe that it is God’s plan I continue my humble pastoral ministries wholeheartedly in the U.S., too. God bless you all!
With lots of love and prayers,
Fr. Rajeev Palliathra OSB
St. Peter Catholic Church, Monument