Dear Sisters and brothers,
It is with a heavy heart that I learned on Thursday morning of Bishop Michael Barber's letter reassigning our dear Fr. Luke to St. Teresa's parish, Oakland starting June 15, 2017. It is big loss for all of us.
Fr. Luke has been an integral part of our Parish Community in a big way for many years. Both as our Pastoral Associate and the one in-charge of the healing ministry, he has been present to our Parish families both in ordinary as well as extraordinary times in church, in our homes and both in facilities for assisted living and at John Muir Hospital.
His well-thought out homilies, his friendly and affectionate ways and his compassion to individuals and families in their illness will be long remembered. Over the years, Fr. Luke has ministered to many a family that has lost their loved ones. His gentle way with our children and youth too needs a special mention here. It goes without saying that he will be missed by us.
As a grateful Parish Community, we will gather around him and express our love, appreciation and gratitude to him for the blessing that he has been to us. We will do this after all Masses the weekend of June 10-11. Fr. Luke will be present at all masses that weekend either presiding or preaching or both.
Please come join the entire parish the weekend of June 10-11 as we celebrate Fr. Luke and thank him for his committed ministry in our midst.May God bless him and continue to guide him in his ministry wherever it takes him.
Finally, I invite you to hold Fr. Luke and our Parish Community in your prayers as transitions tend to be hard on individuals and communities.
With much prayers and blessings,
Fr. William Rosario