The Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents
Protected turf is silly/ We each and all serve God in ministries for which we are gifted and which satisfy us. The recognition and standing our ministries give us in the parish feel good; there is an empowering feeling that comes from being recognized as the “go-to” person for a particular part of God’s work at Holy Innocents’. It is good to savor and thoroughly enjoy your ministry, and it is true that you’re the only person who can do it as you do. But it is another thing entirely to assume that you’re the only person who can do the work. We can spend way too much time trying prove that we are the only person who can do the work, when a much better stewardship of time, self and others invites more participation. Ask for help, if for no other reason than to include more people in the work. The only turf that it makes any sense to protect is your place at the foot of The Cross.
Be generous/ The days ahead will call for more gracious behavior and careful attention to one another than your instincts may prompt in you; lean into these days ahead with an open and grateful heart. Be generous with your time; there are no prizes for finishing quickly. Be generous with your conversation, with your encouragement, with your laughter. Live always, and especially in the days ahead, in such a way that if we get to Heaven and discover that generosity is an offense, we’ll have to answer for it. You know this is true. You wouldn’t be at Church if you didn’t already know how generous God already has been with you. Go. Be and do likewise.
Say your prayers/ The time ahead and the process it undertakes is not a matter of hiring someone. It is a spiritual matter with temporal implications, not a temporal exercise with spiritual implications. This is not clever word play. Priesthood is not a job, it’s a vocation, from the Latin verb vocare ‘to call’, and it is so called for a reason- God’s voice is involved. And this calling is true for all Baptized people, not just Baptized persons who also are ordained. Pray your way into better insight and clearer thinking, because thinking your way into better, clearer prayers doesn’t work. Pray for your leaders as they themselves say their prayers and do the work in behalf of the community. “….the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, the breaking of Bread and the prayers…” are the habits you know so well. Persist in those habits. Pray for yourselves, as individual persons and as a community, to remain the faithful decent people you are and always have been. Pray for our Bishop as he oversees the prayer, reflection and conversation that will manifest the coming process. And please, pray with me now and throughout the days ahead the prayer I have been praying for quite some time…. pray for the person as yet unknown to any of us, but whom God already has in mind to be your next ordained leader. Pray for that priest. Daily. Please.
I love you. For all that has been, Thanks. For all that will be, Yes.
Well. Here we are. After writing them for more than 20 years, this is my final Parish Post article. In the process of retiring, there are several “final word” opportunities afforded me. Each opportunity suggests by its context and timing what those words might be. My final Parish Post article words are:
Follow your leaders/ My retirement signals a change in leadership, not a void in leadership. You have our Bishop, you have our Church Wardens and Vestry, and you have the transition team they have coalesced. You have plenty of leadership, and those leaders are not floundering. They are not confused. They are executing a process by which the parish will make the transition from one ordained leader to another. Things ripen over time. If you ask a question and they say “I don’t know,” they’re being neither disingenuous nor ignorant. The question you ask may not yet have an answer. If you ask a question and receive the answer “I don’t know,” please do not assume a defect in the transition process.
He served parishes in northeast Philadelphia; Kingston, Pa., and Wyomissing, Pa. before ending up in Ocean City in February 1999.
Meanwhile, the couple raised three boys: Timothy, David and Stephen.
LaQuintano said he is very proud to have been involved with Family Promise, a ministry close to the heart of Holy Innocents and our Deacon, Judy Krom.
If he had it to do over, LaQuintano said he would sweat the small stuff less and take more time to smell the roses – and the salt air.
“You shouldn’t get so busy that you don’t enjoy all of the beauty around you,” he said. “Ocean City is a wonderful community. We are going to miss it here terribly, but we’ll be back.”
David has served as supply for us a few times in the past. The parishioners have been happy with his style and presentation of the Liturgy
January 7, 2018 was Father Frank's final public liturgy. He enters retirement status, which will be finalized March 1.Father David LaQuintano will serve as supply priest through March 1, 2018. Additionally, Deacon Judith Krom will continue as Deacon to Holy Innocents.
For nearly 15 years, Rev. David LaQuintano called Ocean City, and in particular, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, home. He retired in August of 2013 and, with his wife, Christine, looked forward to a new chapter in their lives in Swarthmore, Pa., LaQuintano said they will miss the seashore community that has long embraced them.LaQuintano said they have enjoyed the simple things about living at the shore, like walking the beach in the off-season. The beauty of the seashore, he said, is never-ending. “I love the bay, I love sailing,” he said. “We are going to miss it.
Born and raised in Clarks Summit, Pa., LaQuintano earned degrees from Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa. and Eastern Baptist Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa.
He married Christine and the couple settled in Bridgeton, where LaQuintano served as a Baptist minister. Over time, he gravitated towards the Episcopal Church.
“I had a Catholic heart and a Protestant mind,” he said. “So I ended up at the Episcopal Church.”
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