St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on June 14th, 2013
I am about out of words and almost out of tears… Thank you again for the blessing you have been in my life these eighteen years. During that time I have sunk deep roots and they are hard to pull up. I am moving to Madisonville trusting that God has grace in store for me there and confident that you will be deeply blessed by the ministry of Fr. Jerry Riney. Remember that, even at a distance, we are always united in the Holy Eucharist, and I promise to remember you in my prayers. Some of you asked that I print the words I used at the “Arriverderci Gala” on June 2nd. These words are the conclusion of the final homily preached by Blessed John Newman in the Anglican Church as he made his conversion to Catholicism in1843. It is entitled “The Parting of Friends.”
And, O my brethren, O kind and affectionate hearts, O loving friends, should you know anyone whose lot it has been, by writing or by word of mouth, in some degree to help you thus to act; if he has ever told you what you knew about yourselves, or what you did not know; has read to you your wants or feelings, and comforted you by the very reading; has made you feel that there was a higher life than this daily one, and a brighter world than that you see; or encouraged you, or sobered you, or opened a way to the inquiring, or soothed the perplexed; if what he has said or done has ever made you take interest in him, and feel well-inclined towards him; remember such a one in time to come, though you hear him not, and pray for him, that in all things he may know God’s will, and at all times he may be ready to fulfill it.
Love, Fr. John