This will be my last bulletin column and I would like to take this time to express my deepest gratitude to you for eight of the most rewarding and challenging years in my priesthood. I think that I have done more classroom time teaching than ever before with Theology of the Body for Teens and presenting “A Family of Faith” program to our R.E. Families. Thank you MaryLou Goettsch for your guidance over the years.
I would like to sincerely thank those who have willingly served on the different committees and councils. I was impressed to see an active Adult Faith Committee and a High School Religious Education program. The generosity that families have shown the parishes is amazing. Just think of the Capitol Campaign several years back, both St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s each pledged almost 200% over goal. The strength of the Knights of Columbus with their Golf Tournament shows the dedication the Knights have to help others. It was a dream of mine to have our young people attend N.C.Y.C over the last couple of years.
I want to say thank you to the Jane True, our secretary/bookkeeper, for her dedication to the parish. She has kept me on task at times and has provided important service when it comes to getting information to the Diocese. Jane’s friendship and encouragement even pushed me to have a meeting or two. “Father you have to have a meeting!”
The past eight years have been one of building on a good foundation established by previous pastors assigned to St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s. It is my prayer for all parishioners that you will draw strength from the Holy Mass and the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. The grace that God offers through the all the sacraments can overcome all the difficulties that happen in parish and family life. Remember, God cannot be outdone in generosity. The more we offer our lives to the Lord, the more He showers down blessings on our parish, our families and our lives.
I pray that the Lord’s blessings will come upon these parishes in abundance as you welcome Fr. Owusu. May the message of Christ’s love be lived out in your home.
Thank you, and God Bless, Father Dooley