Deacon’s Corner Aug. 1 & 2
Dear Friends in Christ:
I remember as a child I was always the one standing at the door, or on the driveway, waving goodbye as a family member or loved one drove away. Sometimes, there were tears in my eyes, as I hoped to catch a last glimpse before the car slipped out of sight. Everyone else said their goodbyes and had gone about their business. It was just me standing, waving.
It has always been difficult for me to say goodbye. Not much has changed over the years. I still stand and wave. I am just a softy at heart, I guess! Figuratively, I find myself as I type this final “Deacon’s Corner” standing in the driveway, waving goodbye to all of you. And yes, there is a tear or two.
It is difficult to put into words how much Our Lady of Sorrows has meant to me and my family the last five years. It has been a privilege to serve you as Deacon and Parish Manager. I have no doubt the Holy Spirit brought me to this place through the divine providence of God. I did not know that OLOS existed until the Office of Clergy Personnel at the Archdiocese contacted me and asked me to consider Archbishop Lori’s request to transfer my diaconal ministry to OLOS. Heck, as transplants to Maryland and living in Gambrills, I did not think the world existed south of Route 214!
But what a surprise God had in store for me. So many of you have been like angels sent from God for me and my family these past five years. We did not live in the parish community, but you made us feel like we did. You made us feel at home.
I became Parish Manager in 2016. It was a blessing that came at a time when professionally, I was in transition and trying to find my way. Silly me…I just had to wait on God to show me the way! He did…and it was here! I am proud to have been a part of how far our parish has grown and progressed the past five years. A solid foundation for the future has been laid! I could not have done my job effectively without wonderful staff (thank you, Dee and Cathy!) and volunteers, who selflessly dedicated their time and talents to the administration and care of OLOS. Thank you!
Now, God is calling our family to another place. As we prepare to move to Bluffton, SC, and join St. Gregory the Great parish, we will do so with the memories you all have given us and with the love you have shown us. I will keep OLOS in my prayers always and I plan to stay in touch! I have no doubt this parish will thrive in the future and that is because of YOU!
I ask that you please pray for me, my diaconal ministry and our family as we embark on this new adventure in our lives. Thank you again for the last five years. Last, but certainly not least, a most special thank you to Fr. Tim! I have enjoyed our brotherhood of service together and am grateful for your faith and trust in me. You have been a blessing to me and my family!
God’s Blessings to You!
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Tuesday & Friday at 9am
Communion Service Wednesday at 9am
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Monday & Thursday at 9am
Spanish Mass Wednesday at 9am
Readings for the week of August 2, 2020
- Sunday: Is 55:1-3 / Ps 145:8-9, 15-16, 17-18 [cf. 16] / Rom 8:35, 37-39 / Mt 14:13-21
- Monday: Jer 28:1-17 / Ps 119:29, 43, 79, 80, 95, 102 [68b] / Mt 14:22-36
- Tuesday: Jer 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22 / Ps 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23  / Mt 14:22-36 or Mt 15:1-2, 10-14
- Wednesday: Jer 31:1-7 / Jer 31:10, 11-12ab, 13 [cf. 10d] / Mt 15:21-28
- Thursday: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 / Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 9 [1a, 9a] / 2 Pt 1:16-19 / Mt 17:1-9
- Friday: Na 2:1, 3; 3:1-3, 6-7 / Dt 32:35cd-36ab, 39abcd, 41 [39c] / Mt 16:24-28
- Saturday: Hb 1:12—2:4 / Ps 9:8-9, 10-11, 12-13 [11b] / Mt 17:14-20
- Next Sunday: 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a / Ps 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14  / Rom 9:1-5 / Mt 14:22-33