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Pastor’s Column for 2/10/19

Dear Friends in Christ,

The gospel for this weekend brings to my mind our recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Of the many sites one visits, it is on the Sea of Galilee (also known as the Lake of Gennesaret or Lake Tiberias) that pilgrims truly sense an authentic connection to ancient Israel and the time of Jesus. The story of Jesus hitting the fishermen where they live and going deeper with them to make a point is especially impressive when it is read on location. When I was ordained a priest, the Episcopal motto of Bishop Favalora who ordained me was “Deus Providebit” which translated means “God provides.” When Jesus displayed his power before Peter, James, and John; they were fearful and the LORD told them “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” When I arrived at St. Matthew’s as your pastor, our office staff consisted of three secretaries. At the time, Anne Koster was part-time and working here in the evening. When I had a need for her to go full time, I made her an offer she couldn’t refuse and stole her from the cathedral parish where she had been working as a receptionist. Last summer, the priest who inspired me when I was a teenager, and who I believe is so instrumental in my vocation story that I would not be a priest today if I hadn’t met him, was assigned as the rector of the cathedral. Fr. Arthur Proulx, the current rector of the Cathedral is a good friend of mine and a wonderful priest in the diocese. On Friday, February 1st, Anne told me that she accepted an offer for a position at the cathedral. The LORD provides. I had four candidates for the position of parish secretary. Mandy Rose has been hired and will be training this week to take on the full-time position of parish secretary and Anne will still be here to help out one night a week. Mandy has a long history with the parish and is currently a daily communicant. Change and transition is a part of the life of every family and every parish family. My hope and prayer is that this one will be a smooth and positive change and transition for everyone involved.  

Peace in Christ,

Fr. Tom J. Anastasia

Pastor