Sunday, Dec. 9

My Dear St. Pius X Parish Family,

I’m writing this note to let you know I plan on retiring from full-time ministry. I’ll be 72 years old in a few weeks and have relatively good health. Judy and I would like to spend some time as snowbirds as well as enjoy travel to different places in the United States. My ministry here at St. Pius X has been rewarding and fulfilling. I’ve been blessed to work with Father Tom, Father Jim, and Father Adam. We have two wonderful and talented deacons in Deacon Bob and Deacon Dan. With their leadership, we are in good hands. I will still help out as a Deacon at weekend Masses, and I hope to visit the sick, homebound, and nursing homes. I’ve had a wonderful experience working with young couples planning their weddings and, in time of sorrow, praying with families and helping them through the death of a loved one. It’s been an honor to be present in your lives when you are grieving and need help planning a funeral; the many joys of new life, and baptizing your children into God’s family; welcoming new families into our parish family; and, in the past, working with our RCIA Candidates entering into a faith relationship with Jesus Christ and full membership into our community here at St. Pius X.

Judy and I have put our hearts into this parish family for over 40 years and we love each of you in a special way. God has blessed us with this ministry of presence to you. Please keep sharing with others your encounters with Jesus. We all have a story to share. Your faith story changes the lives of those to whom you give witness. Keep praying for a new Pentecost. God wants to do a mighty work here in our Parish and Diocese, but He needs all of us to be open to saying YES to the Holy Spirit, giving witness to Jesus and seeking the Will of God the Father.

Please keep Judy and me in your prayers as we seek His Will in our lives.

Peace and Love of Christ, Deacon Rick