I am finally back in Cleveland and I need to say that there is “no place like home!” I have completed my studies at Creighton University and now I prepare myself to begin leading our parish community as your next pastor. As I have been preparing myself through prayer, one thought came to me: I am not building—rather I am reaping. I am reaping the plentiful harvest of the many pastors who have come before me. As a seminarian I was blessed to have served with Fr. Curran at various parish events, and I am sure that many of you remember and recall the gentle and loving presence he offered—this was something that always impacted me in a wonderful way whenever I had a chance to speak with him. After Fr. Curran retired, the parish welcomed Fr. Troha. While I have not been privileged to work with him since my ordination, I have been able to witness how he has helped lead the parish during his years as pastor. Recently our parish has been blessed to have Fr. Weber as pastor. Fr. Weber and I were in seminary together and the one thing that he told me when I was appointed as pastor was: “These are wonderful people.” On July 15th I begin my mission where these men have left off—I offer a prayer of thanksgiving for our previous pastors and thank God for them and for the opportunity I have to lead our community. I know I have said this before, but I believe it bears repeating—please continue to pray for me that I can be obedient in the hands of God our Father, an instrument of mercy in Jesus Christ, and docile in the Holy Spirit. My prayers continue to be offered for you all, and next week I will reflect on what has sustained our parish these past 150 years. God Bless You and Keep You.
The Church Office will open at 12:00 noon and close at 5:00 p.m. on both Friday 7/17/15 and Monday 7/20/15 due to the Oktoberfest Festival. We will resume normal Summer office hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday 7/21/15.