Mariano Rivera sends greetings to departing pastor


Yankee legend wishes Father Gelfant good luck

BATH BEACH — Father Michael Louis Gelfant, the outgoing pastor of St. Finbar Catholic Church, is a huge fan of the New York Yankees. As it turns out, Yankee legend Mariano Rivera is a big fan of Gelfant’s too.

Rivera, the retired relief pitcher considered by many experts and fans to be the greatest closer in baseball history, is featured in a short video in which he offers warm words of praise for Gelfant, who is leaving St. Finbar Church at 138 Bay 20th St. after serving as pastor there for 10 years.

The proud priest posted the video on his Twitter and Facebook pages.

The Brooklyn Catholic Diocese has assigned Gelfant to serve at the helm of Blessed Trinity Church in Breezy Point, Queens. The diocese oversees Catholic churches in both Brooklyn and Queens.

Gelfant, who served his final mass as pastor of St. Finbar on Jan. 26, was greeted by a crowd of 1,000 parishioners who came to say goodbye to their popular pastor. A reception took place following the mass in the parish center.

In the 45-second video, Rivera, a devout Christian who earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom last year for his numerous…

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