I spoke in most of the Masses this past Sunday letting people know that Bishop McGrath had given me permission to retire at the end of June, 2018. I wanted people to hear this news directly from me. Many of you were surprised and I am sorry for having caused you sadness and uncertainty. It is natural to grieve and be sad when attachments that we have are threatened, but we leave all in God’s hands, and are grateful for the life that we live each day. I will continue to minister and, along with the Parish Staff, the Parish Pastoral Council and Parish Leadership help bring about the transition for the new pastor who will be named shortly. I thank you for your patience and understanding. In the meantime we keep each other in our prayer.