Our pastor, Father Piotr, was finally installed after a good year and a half organizing and merging our 3 parishes. What a blessing he is!
It was wonderful. I was happy with the amount of people who showed up to welcome him "officially" as our pastor. Bishop Galante spoke to us kindly about the role Father Piotr was to play as our shepherd, and our role as his parishioners. Just as we place our trust in him to guide us to Heaven, he places his trust in us that we will follow. Just as the shepherd gifts his sheep food, water, shelter, the sheep gift to their shepherd wool for warmth and their presence for comfort. We, too, must take part in such a reciprocal relationship.
It was lovely to see Father Piotr so happy. He was beaming, because I honestly believe he was happy to have everything official and recognized. I truly believe he was also touched by the crowd of folks who showed up for him, and I know he was grateful to have his family and friends there, too. I was so happy for him.
And as I walked back to my seat after Communion, I was teary-eyed for us, too. Father Piotr is such a blessing. We are truly lucky to have such a wonderful man as our pastor. I hope we all remember that - our priests are gifts... especially ones like Father Piotr. May we be blessed with countless more just like him. :)