Fr. John, out of your forty-one years of priesthood, twenty-plus of those years have been shared with us. While ministering as a Priest of Jesus Christ among us, you have done countless “good things” for others.
To be honest with you, I don’t know a lot of people who are really happy. It isn’t as common as one may think. People are much sadder than they seem. Oh, and a lot of us – I know – put on a happy face. Most of us know how to look happy, but are we really happy?
I have been blessed all these years to serve at Saint James. Preaching God’s Word and administrating the sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist, is nourishing for all involved. This faith community has helped me grow and develop in my faith and in my priesthood.
This is a unique time in the life of the parish and our centennial provides us the perfect time to creatively, courageously, and collectively think about our present needs as well as our future needs.
Voices are significant in our communication as persons. But to know what makes the voice so effective in communication is our ability and willingness to listen!
The initial step that we need to collectively take to begin moving from Point A to Point B is to generously increase our weekly giving.