Tonight after confession, the Divine Mercy chaplet, a friendly chat with our Pastor, and Mass, I was reflecting on what a great parish St. Joseph's has been to us, lo these last 10 years. The parish's motto is "Led by the Spirit" and, although it's not perfect (what parish is?), I have certainly felt the Holy Spirit at work there.
We got married there and stuck around, even though it's across the river and in a different diocese, and there are other churches closer to our house. We feel so at home at St. Joe's and even though our anniversary came and went, I still feel surprised that we've been there almost 11 years. Some of our dearest friends are gifts from God to us through St. Joseph's.
One of the perks of being one of the largest parishes in the diocese is that we always have great priests. We've had at least seven or eight priests there, but only two pastors since we joined, Father. Larry and Monsignor Mike. Both of them are shepherds who honestly love their people and the joy of their priesthood is evident.
Our current associate, Father. Bryan, is a bold, passionate, newly-ordained priest and I'm so grateful to know him. I have personally gained so much from knowing these courageous men and they are definitely allowing the spirit to work through their gifts and talents. Their wisdom, homilies, and the holiness with which they say Mass is a gift.
If you want to check out Father Bryan's excellent homilies, find him on iTunes at Evangelical Disciple. You won't regret it.