Beloved Parishioners of St. Michael’s, -August
thank you so much for all the many signs of affection you have given me during
these last days, at my farewell Masses, and Open House at the Columbus Community
Centre. It was so beautiful to see so many of you there, to be with you and to
say goodbye to you! I thank you all for the words I have received from each one
of you, the so many cards I have received from you, which I read them all (it
took me a while!), together with your great generosity for me and my new
mission in California!
to you, I leave St. Michael’s with a greater heart and a wonderful experience,
and with the hope that I have helped you a “little bit” to pray more, to come
closer to God, and to love Him more!
love you very much, and I will keep praying for you always, and I ask you to
please pray for me too! I hope to see you soon, and we can pray for this also!
us asked our Blessed Mother, to help us to continue our pilgrimage towards
Heaven, our true Homeland!!!
Jesus and Mary,
God bless you
St Leo the Great Church (Diocese of
San Jose, California)
88 Race St, San Jose, CA 95126
Good Bye, Fr. Mario
want to give thanks to Fr. Mario for being a true companion. When you are a
priest and work in a seminary, or in a parish, or in whatever situation,
community life is so important. In our constitutions we read: “A man, together
with another man, grows in courage and strength, fear disappears, and he
escapes from any possible trap”.
Mario gave me those things. His presence, his advice some times, his support,
his ideas, have been the cause of so much fruit for the parish. Decisions
become easier when you have the agreement of someone else; you don’t feel alone
the time I was taking courses or preparing my papers, to discuss with him about
my studies has been so fruitful. Thanks to his patient ear and his questions,
many times I could focus better my research and better understand many points.
Our problems become clearer when we can talk to another person. And only then
we are able to resolve them.
have to thank him also for his patience. It must not be easy to live with a boy
like me. Well, we are all human beings, and you don’t choose your companion in
the mission. Your companion will always be a human being. But it is through
that human being that God wants to give you many graces. Roses have thorns. Be
careful with the thorns, cover them, and you may enjoy a beautiful scent.
thank you. Hope you do well in California. You are a good guy, and the Church
is expecting a lot from you. Be faithful to your Church. Bye for now. –Fr. Andrew