This weekend we welcome Fr. Tetzel Umingli who is fresh from being ordained last month. As always, I ask your patience as he gets settled in and begins to learn the warp and woof of our parish. We are his first parish for a priestly assignment. So, keep in mind the responsibility each of us share in the formation and accompanying of a new priest. It is quite the privilege and honor to be sure. In the weeks ahead, he will write a letter of welcome where he will give us more insight into who he is a person and as a new priest. Let us rejoice in his presence and continue to pray for more vocations to the priesthood.
Last week, I did not mention the retirement of Esperanza Robles in my bulletin letter nor was she part of the farewell reception last weekend for Natalie and Fr. Nguyen. This was not a mistake or oversight. In part, it was Esperanza’s preference. She is a very private person who takes this move very seriously. It is hard to say goodbye, and everyone does it differently. Given that, I want to make my thanksgiving to her public for her 16 years of ministry with us at St. Anne. She has been an incredibly flexible person who has dedicated her heart for the good of our Hispanic community and the parish in general. I want to thank her for all her help in translation work, helping better understand our Hispanic community, and always being a positive and friendly person on the staff. Thank you, Esperanza! I ask that you join me in prayer for her in the new phase of her life. May she know the grace of God and the love of all of us as she transitions into a new chapter of her life.
Fr. William Holtzinger