I will say it in my homily, but I want to write it as well: Thank you for your love and fidelity during these past fourteen years. I cannot begin to express all that you have done for me – and all that together we have been able to accomplish. These have been the best years of my life and I thank you for them.
Next weekend you will receive a wonderful man as your new pastor. I have known Fr. Horacio Yanez for three decades. He is a good man and good priest. If you give him your full support and trust – as you have given to me – you will build upon the good foundation we have worked to establish these past years. Fr. Horacio will bring talents and abilities that will move our parish and school forward.
I will continue to support you with my prayers – and I hope in other ways as well. I will, for example, fulfill my Annual Appeal pledge, and I ask you to do the same. Also, I intend to fulfill my commitment to the Randy Terlicker Endowment Fund, which is so vital to the future of our school and parish. And I hope to do what I can to encourage others to support this parish that has such a vital mission.
Please remember me in your prayers, as I will you. I ask you to say the prayer for the Year of Priests, remembering Fr. Horacio, Fr. Armando, Fr. Ramon and me. We priests deeply need your prayers. Below are some pictures - a few memories of our wonderful years together.