Humbled by your generosity, again.
I never ceased to be amazed and humbled by your generosity. I do thank you for making the CFA goal for the parish. That is a most worthy cause and your contributions there bring so many blessings back to our parish in terms of the assistance provided to our school and also our future as we support our seminarians. It also supports families in need, food banks, shelters, services to the elderly, immigrants and the imprisoned. So, yes, I am truly thankful.
I do have to say, though, having to shave caused me to be haunted by the words of my homily from the weekend of September 27 about self-denial. This was good for me, even while it was hard to do. It is a reminder to me that who I am is who Our Father wants me to be. I submit. I want Him to be in charge and just as I kept my part of the challenge by shaving my beard, I intend to keep-up responsibilities to God, the Church and to our parish.
Thank you, dear people, for being part of the challenge and for making our parish a great place to be a priest!
I will miss you and be praying for you while I travel these next two weeks. Please know of my prayers as I go on pilgrimage to Fatima and to walk the Camino. Please pray for me!
See you on the weekend of October 31.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Casey Jones, Pastor
PS: November 1 is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year, because it falls on a Monday. We will, however, have a 7pm Bilingual Mass on Monday, November 1 in addition to the 8am Mass we have every day. Hope to see you there!