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June 6, 2010

With Thanksgiving to God
                           
     This past week on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, I celebrated the 10th Anniversary of my ministry to St. Paul Parish.  The only reason I remember this date so vividly is because it turned out to be quite an unexpected day.  I had been asked to come in on June 1 to begin my work in the Parish so I dutifully reported for work at 8:00 am. 

When I arrived all the doors were locked and despite my every effort to ring all and any doorbell I could find I couldn’t seem to a get a response.  Needless to say I got very worried.  Eventually, after 10 or 12 minutes of waiting and ringing the pastor, Fr. Mike came to the door and apologized profusely for keeping me waiting.  He had slept in and was in the shower when I arrived.  He had forgotten that June 1st was a Holy Day of Obligation and that the office was supposed to be closed.  He invited me in and we chatted for a short while and then he said, “Well, as long as you’re here would you like to play for the Mass we’re having at 9 o’clock for the Holy Day?  And so my ministry began.  At the end of Mass he introduced me to the small group present and said,  “today Jesus is leaving to ascend to heaven and Lorette arrives.”  Wow!  No pressure!!!!!!!!

In the past ten years I have been very blessed.  On the first weekend of my ministry I was asked to saw a few words at the end of the Masses, (without warning), and I remember saying two things in particular.  The first thing I remember is that I most wanted to serve the people of St. Paul just as St. Paul himself had served.  He wanted to be all things to all people if that is what it took to bring them to Christ.

Over the past ten years I strove to put those words into practice.  I realize I have not always been successful but at least I tried.  In return I have been blessed with many new friends and experienced a deepening of my relationship with the God who called me to this ministry.  I only hope and pray that the people of St. Paul parish have equally been enriched in their own relationship with God.

The second thing I remember saying was that I would be willing to listen to all whether positive or negative as long as the parishioners made an effort to be gentle in their remarks.  I truly believe that listening is a very important part of growth.  We must listen to one another if we are to grow in a healthy manner.  I must admit that the parishioners of St. Paul have always been most gentle in their remarks whether it was a criticism or not.  This has not only made my life much easier for sure but I have also learned from you because of this gentle manner. 

As we prepare to part ways this summer I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for taking me in, supporting my efforts, accepting me with all my faults and weaknesses and patiently allowing me the time to grow with God’s good Grace.  I will sincerely miss the people I have served over the past 10 years.  I will pray that you will be able to continue your spiritual journey with faith and courage in spite of the manner obstacles you may encounter throughout your lives.  I ask that you pray for me in turn and someday we will all have run the course and will meet again.
                                              Lorette P. Nault