Interview with June Steward of the Month: Paul Del Polito
Paul Del Polito was born and raised in Newark, lived in Bloomfield and Nutley, and then settled in Belleville with his wife, Angela. Paul attended Essex Catholic High School and graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He and Angela recently celebrated 40 years of marriage. They were married by the late Bishop Saltarelli (Fr. Saltarelli at the time). They have 2 sons, Paul and Michael, a daughter-in-law, Vita, and a beautiful granddaughter, Faith.
Paul is currently enjoying retirement with Angela. He taught math at the Belleville Middle School for 37 years. Being a former student of his, it was rewarding for me to sit down with him and chat of his stewardship of time and talent. He has a calm and humble personality which was evident, even in his classroom. He maintained control and possessed an invested interest in his students, even when class sizes were close to 50+ students.
A parishioner of Holy Family for over 50 years, Paul was raised within a strong Italian, Catholic family. He attended church every Sunday with his brother Dave and their parents. At the age of 18 he developed a passion for singing and joined the Holy Family choir. Paul’s parents were already giving of their voice in the choir when Paul joined. It brought much joy to him to sing along side his parents in the choir. Paul can still be heard singing at the 12:00 noon Mass every Sunday. His voice is truly a talent and the time he gives every Sunday to share his passion and talent are truly a welcomed token of Stewardship.
About 5 years ago, Paul was motivated to become a minister of the Holy Eucharist when he, himself, was homebound for a 2 month period recovering from an accident. He was truly inspired by Jerry Vernice, a past Steward of the Month, who gave service to Paul every Sunday while he was recuperating and homebound. As a Eucharistic Minister, Paul feels rewarded to be giving back to the Lord. He greatly enjoys bringing the Eucharist to the homebound and spending time with them. Bringing the Eucharist to the homebound creates a more personal relationship with the Lord and with those whom he visits. He gives of his time and talent of listening to those who are sick.
When asked what stewardship means to him, Paul said it’s giving back for the many blessings he has been awarded. He goes on to say that these awards are just the icing on the cake for the ultimate award he is waiting for. He continues to give back to the Lord by “praising God twice,” as he puts his heart and emotion into singing His words. Paul, although shocked at first, is truly honored and humbled to be the June 2012 Steward of the Month. Congratulations!
Submitted by Ellen Bennett
Stewardship Council Member