A FAREWELL MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR
My Dear Parish Family,
You all know how hard it is to say farewell. I will ask Jesus, Our Blessed Mother Mary and the Blessed Joseph to help me express what is deep in my heart for each one of you. I know that some of you did not agree with all I was doing for our parish, that is understandable. Remember that many of those in Jesus' time disagreed with Him too, for various reasons and finally hanged Him on a tree. I am not better than my Master! As a matter of fact He told His disciples that they will be treated the same as they treated Him. Thank you Lord for finding me worthy to be your disciple. Continuing in my imitation of Jesus I will pray for you, and for your forgiveness and prayers. Friends, together and with the help of the Holy Spirit and His spouse the Blessed Virgin Mary we achieved many successes in spiritual areas such as, Bible Study, reverence to the sacred in the sanctuary, Altar and Tabernacle and in many other areas.
I have spent my entire 11 years of priesthood at St. Mary in Coventry. I have been graced to share the sacraments with your children in a rich way; preaching with conviction of their dignity as children of God and trying to explain the mystery of life and how it is to be lived lovingly without any regret. I have visited the sick in their homes and in the hospital to offer God's body, to comfort and bless them. I have helped many of you give back to God your loved ones when they passed away. I have been encouraged when so many with faith and confidence have promised to love and honor their spouses all the days of their lives. In baptism, I have welcomed your children into our Christian community. You continue to affirm my calling to be priest, in Persona Christi!
Like the married couples who vow "in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health", I am called to be a priest in "good times and in bad" the priesthood is the only way for me to be united to God, to be faithful to what He calls me to be and to do. Finally I am following Mary's order to me "do whatever He tells you". Please pray for me as I will do for you.
May the Blessing of almighty God the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit come down upon you and remain with you now and forever, Amen.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Fr. Victor Chaker