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While I'm Away...

09-29-2013Fr. John LettersFr. John

Dear Friends,

Well, I'm off on part of my sabbatical. The policy of the Bishop is to grant either a 3 month sabbatical or a year long one. However if you opt for the year sabbatical you cannot return to the same assignment. So I'll do three months in parts. The first part takes me to Italy and then Scotland. Fortuitously I will be in Assisi on the feast of St. Francis and Pope Francis will be there as well. That would mark the second time this year I have been with the Pope. I guess you can never be around Popes too much (unlike Bishops where less is more!) In Scotland I will be leading a retreat and giving a few talks. Pray for that. That puts me back in Tempe at the end of October just in time for our People Raiser.

Thanks to all of you who have made this possible. The outpouring of your love, support and generosity has been quite overwhelming. Please know that I will be offering Mass for all of you and your intentions throughout my travels.

In my absence Fr. Camilo, our deacons and parish staff, will ably serve you. Msgr. Moyer, pastor emeritus of Our Lady of Joy in Carefree will be assisting with Masses along with Fr. Brian Schultz, retired priest of the Diocese of Duluth, MN whose parents live in Mesa. So extend a warm welcome to them. I appreciate their assistance.

Sometimes with changes in clergy in parishes, parishes can get a little off balance. So in light of that I saw this floating around the Internet and thought it was a good reminder to consider well our expectations:

"The results of a computerized survey indicate the perfect priest preaches exactly fifteen minutes. He condemns sins but never upsets anyone. He works from 8:00 AM until midnight and is also a janitor. He makes $50 a week, wears good clothes, buys good books, drives a good car, and gives about $50 weekly to the poor. He is 28 years old and has preached 30 years. He has a burning desire to work with teenagers and spends all of his time with senior citizens. The perfect priest smiles all the time with a straight face because he has a sense of humor that keeps him seriously dedicated to his work. He makes 15 calls daily on parish families, shut-ins and the hospitalized, and is always in his office when needed.

If your priest does not measure up, simply send this letter to six other churches that are tired of their priest, too. Then bundle up your priest and send him to the church on the top of the list. In one week, you will receive 1,643 priests and one of them will be perfect. Have faith in this procedure. One parish broke the chain and got its old priest back in less than three weeks."

Love, Fr. John B.