It is my pleasure to extend CONGRATULATIONS to our recent college graduates and about to graduate high school seniors; you are in prayer as you turn to the next chapter of your life. As you move to the next chapter I share this quote from Nelson Mandela “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The word “weapon” should not be taken as a negative, please consider it in the positive, such as we receive a “flu shot” as a weapon against the flu that we may encounter during the flu season. Please use your education to advance your abilities and talents as you work to improve our society and your family. Most of you who are graduating from college or high school were just small children when I arrived at Transfiguration 15 years ago. It has been a pleasure to share life with you; seeing you grow and mature. I have particularly cherished the times I have had to talk with you when you first received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, as well as attending your Confirmation. Also, sharing times at Destiny and Search Retreat were always powerful moments for me. Please know you are always welcome at the Church of the Transfiguration; always consider it your faith home. Finally, please send me ([email protected]) your email address; I would love to stay in contact with you as you journey forward. BLESSINGS A HUNDRED TIMES OVER AS YOU CONTINUE THE JOURNEY!
As we wind down We Are The Hands of Christ initiative I thought I would put a humorous tone to our parish’s financial situation. “The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building. Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist was sick and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute. The substitute wanted to know what to play. "Here's a copy of the service," he said impatiently. "But, you'll have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the finances." During the service, the minister paused and said, "Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected and we need $25,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $500 or more, please stand up." At that moment, the substitute organist played "The Star Spangled Banner." And that is how the substitute became the regular organist!” I promise Sue Wallace and our other music leaders will not follow the example of the organist in the story; although it is not a bad idea.
Let us continue to pray for peace and for the end of terrorism in our world!
In peace and courage,