Due to continued health issues, I have been doing a good bit of doctoring in recent years, only to discover that I am in need of an aortic valve replacement—open heart surgery (eeks!). The surgery will take place in mid-August providing me time to go on my annual retreat in early July; get a variety of personal/ministerial things in order and go through pre-surgery testing through late July; and participate in my annual community meetings in early August. Provided all goes well, I hope to resume part-time ministry here at St. Matthew’s at the start of December. Thus I will be “out of office” from July 1 through November 30. I thank Fr. Jozef and everyone in this wonderful parish community for your personal and prayerful understanding and support. Know that you have mine. E
A Prayer for Vocations
God our Father, You made each of us to use our gifts in the Body of Christ.We ask that You inspire young people whom You call to the priesthood and consecrated life to courageously follow Your will.
Send workers into Your great harvest so that the Gospel is preached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and Your people are strengthened by the sacraments. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen