This posting was originally published 11/11/2010. Father Jarecki went to his eternal reward on Monday, October 22, 2012. We thought it would be nice to review this tribute to Father’s very full, apostolic life.
Father Michael Jarecki, a retired priest of the diocese of Ogdensburg, NY, who said Mass for us for more than thirty years, said his last public Mass on October 31, 2010 — the Feast of Christ the King. On the following Sunday, November 7, we held a “Father Jarecki Appreciation Day”. Each classroom made a presentation, and then individuals from the community shared stories and anecdotes and expressed their gratitude for all that Father has done for us.
Our high school, knowing that Father’s favorite poem was Joyce Kilmer’s Trees, wrote their own poem in appreciation. To read that poem and see pictures from Father’s last public Mass, please keep reading.
by the IHM High School Class 2010-2011
upon his retirement at the age of ninety-three
I think that I shall never see
A priest as child-like as he.
He baptized, married, and confessed
For sixty-six years without a rest.
As promised to our father* then,
[*Father Leonard Feeney]
For thirty years our priest he’s been.
Were said to God for our trespasses.
For thirty years he gave us hope
And kept us praying for the Pope.
Remembered long by many persons
Will be his short and Marian sermons.
His love for Mary, as a devoted son,
He shared until his job was done.
His perseverance made great gains.
He fed us daily with Our Lord;
He taught us Math has its reward.
Through all our laughter and our tears,
He’s been our father for many years.
Poems are made by fools, at least,
But only God can make a priest.