I cannot express enough gratitude for all you wonderful sisters and brothers that made my 40th Anniversary as a priest so blessed! It was a moment to cherish as family, friends and so many parishioners (YES, they are friends too!) came together for mass and cheer that followed!
Big appreciation to Karen Luke, Tiffany Wagner, Charlene Merrill, Bob Goldbach, Scott Tubbs, Pam McInerney, Tony Jovenetti and Ken Piazza for pulling together the programs, assistance with the Liturgy, the beautiful music, setting the environment for the reception, coordinating the reception after mass and to the eminent MC, and Music Maestro for a great memory lane of song!
I am so appreciative to all who served the mass, proclaimed the Word, brought up the gifts (Beverly and Westwood, Massachusetts friends – cannot believe they traveled here), shared the Eucharist with those gathered, sang, played bells and instruments and made our worship a beautiful praise to our Lord!
To those who shared a word or two at the reception. You are too kind and humorous as well! I am humbled by your taking this time with me. AND, to all the “Reception Crew”, oh my! What a beautiful occasion you created for this unworthy soul. Thank you one and all so much!
As I go forward in my beloved vocation and ministry, please know I carry each of you in my heart and soul! I am so blessed by each and every one of you!
With love always,