CLAREMONT, NH–The obituary and details for funeral services have been announced for the Rev. George Majka, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Claremont, who drowned this past month while on vacation in the Dominican Republic. Services will take place on both Wednesday, Sept. 28, and Thursday, Sept. 29, at St. Joseph Church on Elm Street in Claremont.
The complete obituary is as follows:
On September 10, 2016, the Reverend George Majka was called to his rest and to the glory of the Resurrection promised by the Lord. He was 72 years old.
Father Majka was born on December 3, 1943 in Ohringen, Germany, and was ordained a priest on May 20, 1972 by the Most Reverend Ernest J. Primeau, S.T.D., at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. Father Majka studied at the St. Hyacinth College, Granby, MA and then he completed his ecclesiastical studies at St. Hyacinth Seminary in Granby, MA and Seraphicum, The North American College, Rome, Italy.
Father Majka served as associate pastor of St. Christopher Parish, Nashua; St. Mary Parish, Dover; St. Bernard Parish, Keene; St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Nashua; Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish, Hampton; St. Patrick Parish, Pelham; St. Christopher Parish, Nashua; St. James Parish, Portsmouth and St. Michael Parish, Exeter. He also served for a short time as administrator of Immaculate Conception Parish, Penacook.
Father Majka was appointed as pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Troy; St. Joseph Parish, Center Ossipee; Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Pittsfield, St. Matthew Parish, Whitefield, and was currently serving as pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Claremont.
On Wednesday, September 28, at noon, the Rite of Reception of the Body will take place at St. Joseph Church in Claremont. Father Majka will lie in repose in the church until 7:00 p.m., when a Requiem Mass will be celebrated in the presence of his body. On Thursday, September 29, Father Majka will lie in repose at St. Joseph Church, 58 Elm Street, Claremont, from 9:00 a.m until 11:00 a.m. The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, will preside at a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Church on Thursday, September 29, at 11:00 a.m.
The Rite of Committal will be celebrated Friday, September 30, at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Haverhill, MA.
The Stringer Funeral Home at 146 Broad Street in Claremont, NH, has care of the arrangements.
Meanwhile, St. Mary Parish in Claremont is assisting St. Joseph Church in a variety of ways “until the Bishop has had a chance to make his decisions, as he does with every parish, about future assignments,” said Rev. Shawn Therrien, pastor of St. Mary. “All who knew Fr. George will miss him, his kindness, his humor, and his friendship, but we live in Hope and we will see him again in the Kingdom.”
Beginning Oct. 1st, Mass on Saturday at St. Joseph Church will be temporarily held at 5:30 p.m. instead of 5:00 p.m.
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