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FATHER ABEL’S COLUMN – APRIL 28TH 2019

Holy week and Easter were truly a blessing in many ways. I was so inspired by the thousands of people that came for these beautiful services. Your faith inspires me to continue to be the best shepherd possible. It’s truly a blessing to be here serving you in this parish. We all have a lot to be proud of!

A special thank you to all who made Holy Week and Easter beautiful. I want to thank the lectors, altar servers, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, ushers, ministers of hospitality, our beautiful choir, visiting musicians, leaders of song, sacristans, Altar Guild and all other volunteers for their great love for our parish. I want to thank my brother priests for all that they do for me and all of you. I am truly blessed to have wonderful priests who are dedicated to their parish. I also thank my staff for all the behind the scene work done for these days.

As always, a special thanks to all of you for your presence, support to all of our collections and dedication to our Lord. Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. We pray that we will always be open to the Lord’s Mercy in our lives and that we will be instruments of God’s Mercy to others.

Finally on a sad note, this weekend is Fr. Cyril’s final weekend with us before returning home to India. I am filled with mixed emotions. It is no secret how much I cherish his friendship and fraternal support. He has done everything I asked of him and so much more. He will be sorely missed! Our loss here will be India’s gain. I thank Fr. Cyril for his exceptional service to our parish over the last 5 years. I have learned so much from you and you have changed our parish forever. I know we will be in touch! Our prayer is that God continues the great work begun in him. Fr. Cyril, thank you for everything! Until we meet again!

A blessed Easter season to all!

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