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A Message from Fr. Matt on July 2nd

How can I describe the love and joy I felt this past weekend? There were so many that came out to say “farewell”. I have never been so humbled as I was hearing the words of thanks and encouragement that you gave me. During my time here, I have tried to do my best to live my faith and my priesthood for the betterment and growth of this community. I made mistakes along the way, for which I am sorry for the ways they may have been hurtful. However, I was amazed at the many stories you shared with me on how the Lord has used me as His instrument to help you and this parish. I have grown to love you over my seven years here and it would seem that, for many, the feeling was mutual. Your faith witness has helped strengthen my priesthood. Through your example I have come to a stronger relationship with the Father and His Son, united in the Holy Spirit. Your support and challenges over the years helped to mould and shape me in new ways. I was blessed with an amazing staff, pastoral team, and deacons. You are very fortunate as a parish to have these hard-working individuals serving your needs. The various people who volunteer in our parish - sharing their time, talent and treasure - is awesome. Vatican II states that the Church is “the People of God”. Then I can confidently say that the Church is alive and well at St. Joseph and St. Ursula! As I go forward to continue my journey with the people of Sacred Heart of LaSalle, I leave with many beautiful memories. Thanks for your many kind words, cards and gifts. May God bless you and never forget how special each of you are!
 
This weekend, bishops across Canada are consecrating our country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in honour of our nation’s 150th birthday. We are blessed in so many ways to be living in this wonderful country. However, we also know that there are a number of areas that our country’s leadership is not leading us on the right path. Thus, we are once again turning to our Blessed Mother for protection and to help us in our need.