Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Fr. Edwin's Farewell Reflection - Pt. 1

With Fr. Edwin leaving St. Barnabas Parish to serve as Rector of St. Augustine's Seminary, he will be writing a 3-part reflection on his time as Pastor.  It will be posted over three consecutive bulletins.  For your convenience, it is reprinted here:

“I’m telling you for the last time”
The title inspired by Jerry Seinfeld

As I reflect on my last three weeks at St. Barnabas, I would first like to thank each and every one of you for your love, support and prayers; of course, I am eternally grateful to God from whom all blessings flow.  Our Blessed Mother, St. Joseph and St. Barnabas have been my constant intercessors and protectors and this, I am always aware of, and thankful for. 

When I joined the parish in 2008, I was welcomed with open arms. The parishioners, office staff, ministries and organizations made me feel at home. Msgr. Pan, Fr. Paul and Fr. Luis have been great brothers in ministry. Together, we shared the love of God, celebrated life and had fun.

I know Fr. Luis will do a great job. He is a gifted and talented young priest with lots of wisdom. I have enjoyed doing ministry with him at St. Barnabas. Do continue to pray for him and support him.   A special mention goes to my great inspiration, most beloved Deacon Paul:  truly, he is a man who is salt of the earth and light of the world.  He is an absolute gem and a precious gift to our community and the Church.

The office staff has been a great help to me. Jan, Chris, Joachim and John work so efficiently and humbly behind the scenes. I tend to be forgetful but they are always on point. This is why we are able to achieve much in the parish and I am ever grateful to them. Gemma has lovingly taken care of us priests at the rectory.

To the elderly of the parish: I am greatly honored by your presence and it is a joy to serve you.  Some because of poor health have been unable to attend the parish: know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. You are my "moms" and "dads" whose faith has continually inspired me. Thank you to all of you, my St. Barnabas family.  May our gracious God bless you always with his grace and mercy!

Have a blessed week.

Fr. Edwin

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