Saturday, 8 March 2014

Fr. Edwin's Farewell Reflection - Part 3

I am telling you for the last time…....

The good times at St. Barnabas – no words can describe how wonderful my experience has been with this community. I will always cherish all the memories I have encountered here. Life in this parish has taught me so much. I am so grateful for where this learning journey has taken me and my ministry; and I have the Lord and each of you, my St. Barnabas parish family to thank.

It is sad to leave such an awesome community. I am not very comfortable saying goodbye. My emotions tend to get the better of me. But it is important and necessary.

Lastly, the changing times. Change is not easy, it takes a while to get used to. New things will happen here and I know it will all be good. I’m sure all of you will continue to be open to the Spirit of God and I know and pray that the glory of God will be manifested more and more in each of your lives, your families and this parish family as a whole. We trust that God has great things in store for all of us each day and in the coming days ahead.

Do we say goodbye? Yes and no – I may not be present physically but always with you in prayer. May God shower you with His abundant blessings and may every heavenly grace lead us to a life fulfilled in the perfect love of Christ our Lord.

God bless all of us!
Fr. Edwin
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Saturday, 1 March 2014

Fr. Edwin's Farewell Reflection - Pt. 2

I am telling you for the last time……...

Children have been a great inspiration to me. They continue to reveal the length, breadth, height and depth of God’s immense love. Just ask a child about Jesus and you will hear the most fascinating responses. I’m sure all of us have experienced the wisdom of children. When doubt, grief or frustration sets in, a little child can keep us on track and bring us to the reality of God and our faith. To you Moms, Dads, grandparents, uncles and aunts, thank you for sharing your faith with the little ones. It means a lot to them. And God is forever pleased by the good work you do for your children.

The youth and young adults of the parish are indeed not only the future, but the ‘present’ of the Church and society. I have enjoyed the immense contributions made by all our youth to the parish community. They need to be welcomed, encouraged and loved. It is such a blessing to see all the youth take an active role in this parish. For me, they have been a blessing and inspiration. May we always continue to pray for them.

A thank you to all the various ministries and organizations! You generously share your time and talent with the parish. To the Parish and Finance Councils: thank you for all your wisdom and guidance. To the Fundraising and Refugee committee: thank you for the hard work, sleepless nights and never-ending service. To the sacristans: you have always prepared well, worked hard and been faithful. Thanks ever so much.

As Fr. Luis will be taking over as Administrator, I’m sure he will do a great job. He has lots of wisdom and we all need to support and pray for him. He loves St. Barnabas and is ready to serve joyfully.

Since I made my announcement, people have asked if this was a “promotion”. No it isn’t! It is a greater responsibility and service to God and the Church. So humbly I ask for your fervent prayers that I may continue to joyfully serve the Lord.

Have a blessed week

Fr. Edwin