I guess this is my final pastor’s column for the bulletin. As I reminisce about my nineteen years of shepherding the flock of St. John the Baptist parish my heart is filled with gratitude. I have received so many blessings. When asked to come here back in early 2002 I did not hesitate to say yes. I knew that this parish was built on the principles of stewardship. I knew that Fr. Jack who was a year ahead of me in the seminary was a fine priest and pastor. I feel privileged to stand on his shoulders and those of the initial members of this community. Although there have been wonderful high points in our history such as our twenty fifth anniversary and the burning of the mortgage, my favorite part of being your pastor is the relationships I have fostered with so many of you over the years. You, with the help of the Holy Spirit have made this parish what it is today. I’m looking forward to being a part of the parish in a different way as time goes on. Fr. Bill McKee is a true servant leader with so many wonderful gifts. Welcome him as you welcomed me. I will continue to live three minutes away from the parish. See elsewhere in this bulletin my address, my cell phone number, and my email address. Take care and may the Lord bless you in every way. I love you!