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The Goodbye is Near

Myself and Fr. Remo
So things are changing - apparently sudden and drastic at my parish in the next few days and weeks.  We are in the process of saying goodbye to the Capuchin Friars and hello to two new Diocesan Priests.  It should be an interesting transition to say the least.

Yesterday was my last 'monthly meeting' with Fr. Remo where we didn't really discuss anything worth anything work related.  I know that things will be fine eventually in our new environment, but as of today, I'm having some trouble accepting all of the change that is one its way.

Our Masses will sound and look very different - I'm only hoping that I can continue to have our Youth Ministry program be consistent.  I need to step up my game and have many opportunities for the teens to experience God's presence and grow in relationship with Christ.  This can start Friday night - we are having a Holy Hour to pray for our new priests, Fr. Remo and his new parish, and the direction of our parish in the future.

Throughout the entire process (we've been saying goodbye since the last weekend of March!) I have tried to be hopeful, and I still am hopeful.  My choice today is to make no decision except to stay until at least May 20th (when my apartment lease is up).  I will do everything I can to grow a ministry where all are welcome and many teens find a home.  I will bust my bottom to make sure every young person in our parish feels welcome in the Church and knows about how they can become involved in this community.  I will work for the Lord and do His Will to the best of my knowledge and ability.

Fr. Remo said something yesterday about Spiritual Warfare - how I need to be ready for a spiritual battle - not from the new leadership but that Satan will try to attack me and make me think that I'm not good enough (which is always his button - I never feel like I'm enough, especially in regards to ministry).  So today I put on the armor of the Lord and prepare for battle - my heart will be won by the Lord.

Let us do "God's Will: nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else."
St. Michael protect us!
All our Guardian Angels keep us safe!

Reading this book again!  Won't you join me?


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