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July 15, 2021
Dear parishioners and guests,
Greetings from my homeland, Poland. I’m very thankful for your prayers and support while I’m in Poland visiting my family. It is so important for me to be here.
This weekend I would like to share some personal information with you. This is triggered by many questions regarding my health. I had several blood tests done last week. My surgeon, who met with me last Thursday, is very happy with my results. For example, my diabetes is reversed to the stage of full control. An A1C, which is a 3-month blood check on the presence of severe diabetic issues, says that under 5.7% is a prediabetic stage. My results came back at 5.0% which indicates that my illness has been reversed. The illness is still there (there is no cure for it) but it doesn’t have any negative impact on my overall wellness. Because of that, all my other issues went away. I’m free of taking insulin and two other medications related to diabetes. Also, I’m free of medication for cholesterol and blood pressure issues. The surgeon said a stroke or heart attack should never be an issue for me now. There are many concerns, from you, about my weight. Believe me, weight loss is a positive benefit to me after the procedure. My surgeon would like everyone to know that I’m in excellent health despite the extreme amount of weight loss. My body posture, center of gravity and balance have changed, which is normal after my healthy weight loss. I will need to get my muscle mass built back up by increasing exercise. My posture will also improve with increased exercise.
There has been concern from everyone because I used to be much heavier than I am now. Some people don’t even recognize me, which is understandable. It will take some time for everyone to adjust to my drastic change in appearance but please know that I am not sick. I am very healthy. God has blessed me with the opportunity to drastically improve my health. Please celebrate this wonderful experience with me! It will take me another few or more months to get to a normal food and liquid consumption schedule and this time will come. It has been less than a year since my surgery. The surgeon would like me to continue to drink liquids, like water, in small amounts 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after I eat. I’m not allowed to drink liquids with my meals at this time. Please know that if we have the opportunity to share a meal together, I will be following these instructions. I do not want this to be awkward for anyone. So, to summarize it all, I’m doing very well and I know it will take some time for all of us to adjust to my new appearance. Your support and understanding is very important to me! Let’s rejoice with positive words and big smiles!
Thank you to the Knights of Columbus and volunteers for making our 4th of July breakfast and parade happen. It was a wonderful experience for all of us. I cannot wait for our parish picnic on August 15, 2021.
I will be back to Monument on August 2, 2021.
Always in prayer,
Bishop-elect Fr. James Golka and Fr. Gregory Golyzniak
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 is currently working long distance on a PhD in Sacred Architecture with an emphasis on the Gothic architecture of the 11th-17th centuries.
UPON THIS ROCK
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Our plans to renovate the chapel, construct a new ministry center and expand the school are moving forward. Your pledge is vital to making this project a success. We are growing and we are all grateful for that! With growth often comes opportunities, equating to the need for space to accommodate the number of persons wishing to maintain and expand our stewardship and faith potential. Currently, our ministries use St. Peter School for many of their activities. In order to keep our school students as safe as possible, the school facilities must be dedicated for school use only. Please prayerfully consider financially supporting this project. Your support is greatly appreciated. The “Upon This Rock” pledge card is located on our website petertherock.org. If you have any questions about the project or want to meet with Father Gregory or Debby Dover, our Campaign Coordinator, please stop by or call the office at (719) 481-3511, we are happy to meet with you!
Sunday, March 3, 2019
St. Peter Catholic Church
55 Jefferson St.
Monument, CO 80132
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