Farewell

Dear parishioners: This June marks seven years spent as your pastor here at St. Aloysius Church. I have been spending a lot of time lately thinking about my past seven years here. Everyone was so welcoming the first weekend June 24, 2012 when I moved to Kitchener from Vancouver. Many of you came to help me settle in, and some of you even provided a hot meal when I didn’t know where to find Indian groceries. I remember all of the Baptisms, weddings and funerals I have had the privilege and honour of serving, celebrating and being able to be part of that celebration. The most cherishing memories were when I joined you to celebrate our 60th parish anniversary in 2013, as well as the Stained Glass Guild coming up with the stunning idea of preparing stained glass for the church. We have achieved, accomplished and completed so many projects in the past few years. Today I am simply writing to say thank you. You are such an amazing congregation and it has been such a blessing to be your pastor. Thank you to all the different committee members, ministries, associations, groups, volunteers and the staff. I can only hope that I have inspired all of you as much as you have inspired me. As I am moving to St Patrick’s Church in Caledonia Ontario, pray for me and my congregation as I assure you are in my prayers. Thank you so much for all that you do. You make this great place possible. See you at the parish picnic.     

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

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