To start off this week’s article, I would like to say “Thank you!” for the wonderful shower of cards, notes, and gifts I’ve received this past week to celebrate my ordination. It made for a truly great anniversary.
One of the questions I’ve gotten consistently over the years is what my favorite thing is about being a priest. And since I’ve been a pastor (27 years and counting) It’s been the same thing. Welcoming someone into the church at Easter. Looking into someone’s eyes and asking those ancient questions. Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty … That’s the greatest privilege of all I get to do. Accepting their answers on behalf of the church. Accompanying someone on a deep journey of faith. Pouring the waters of baptism. Anointing with chrism. I’ve baptised people with tears in their eyes. Sometimes with tears in my own. I hope to do it a lot before I retire in 2030. So don’t be afraid to ask someone the question: Have you ever thought about becoming Catholic? Because that journey of faith usually starts with someone reaching out. Let’s strive together to be a community that meets people where they are, welcoming them to the faith that we love.