Letter from the Pastor
Dearest Friends in Christ,
I know that I have already expressed my gratitude to many of the members of the planning committee and to many others that step in to help for our First International Heritage Festival. A special thanks goes to Carolyn Slade for assuming the position of chair of the planning committee for this glorious celebration. Reflecting on her experience as chair, Carolyn wrote: “When I was taking my Theology classes in college, I had a wonderful professor, Sister Grace, who I asked a question. Now, I have totally forgotten the question but I have never forgotten her answer: “How do you explain the unexplainable?” This is how I feel about all of you who came through with the total success of our first International Heritage Festival last Saturday night. Words cannot even begin to express my thanks to all of you who made it the success it was! I thank everyone who represented their country by making and serving their delicious food and those who stayed afterward to clean up. I don’t want to list the names of all of the volunteers, because I know I would forget someone, so let me just say again, thank you for making me feel at ease when I stepped in for Sue Patton. There is no way I could have done it without any of you! This is a wonderful parish and I thank God for you all every day.”
Truly this is a wonderful parish! So “thank you” to all who helped make the evening absolutely magnificent. Also a big thank you goes out to Melissa and James Moore for all that they did to help make the evening go smoothly as well as for making possible the ODS shirts for the event. If anyone would like to purchase one of these shirts, then please contact the parish office. A special thank you also to all the members of the International Heritage Festival planning committee, to our youth, the Knights of Columbus, the Council of Catholic Women and everyone else who had a part in our glorious festival.
On another note, I am saddened that I will be unable to take part in our last day of CCD celebrations this weekend. Thank you to Mary Byrd, JaNay Windmoller and Francisco Agostini for all their work as our Coordinators of Religious Education. Also thank you to all our catechists.
Pax et bonum,
Fr. Justin R. Ferguson