Pastor’s Message
Passing of Deacon Raymond Wellbank

It is my sad duty to share the tragic news that our friend, fellow parishioner, and faithful deacon, Ray Wellbank, passed away this evening after suffering a heart attack.

During his all too brief time with us in the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport, Deacon Ray became a vitally important member of our pastoral team. He visited and prayed with the aged, the homebound, and the sick. He celebrated countless baptisms, funerals, weddings, and communion services. He served as both active volunteer and spiritual director for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. And last year, Deacon Ray was awarded the Bishop Cheverus Medal by Cardinal Sean in recognition of his long years of devoted ministry and service to God’s people and the Catholic Church.

On a personal note, Deacon Ray was an incredible and indispensable help to me. He was a kind man, a dedicated deacon, and a very dear friend. Like all of you whose hearts were touched by his love and good works, I feel both devastated and lost tonight. Along with you, I grieve with Patti, Ray’s wife of almost thirty-four years, their four children, and six grandchildren.

During this difficult time, please join me in praying for the soul of our friend and fellow parishioner, Deacon Ray Wellbank. Please pray also for Patti, for their family, and for all who live, work, and worship in the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport. More information about funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.

Peace and blessings to all,
Father Jim

Reverend James M. Achadinha, Pastor
Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport