Pastor's Welcoming Note
As I write my first Pastor's Note to you all, I wish to express my sincere thanks to the many parishioners who have been so
warm and welcoming over the past two weeks. Arriving at a new assignment can evoke many emotions as one leaves a
beloved assignment and arrives the following day to take up a new post while looking into the 'unknown'. You, the people
of St. Ann's and St. Brendan's, however, have made my transition much easier thanks to your prayers and gracious hospitality.
Over the past few months I have driven around the neighborhoods quite a bit to get a sense of the community and to program
my own 'inner-GPS'. Peering in from the outside has given me a good idea of the landmarks and locations of various
things, how to find the churches, the school, the office and, of course, the rectory. But in reality, that is all surface perception
at best. It is when I meet the people - all of you, that for me as your pastor I really am able to get a sense of the spirit
of our community. Meeting the 9.00 AM daily Mass folks at St. Brendan's and the opportunity to spend last weekend at St.
Ann's meeting the parishioners at Mass (St. Brendan's this weekend), has confirmed for me just how special this community
of faith is on so many levels. I truly believe that these two storied parishes are positioned to do some remarkable things
for Christ and His Church in the weeks, months and years ahead. I pray that the spirit I have encountered is but the tip of
the iceberg and I look forward to advancing the mission of our collaborative so that it shines forth as an even stronger beacon
for Jesus Christ in our part of the vineyard.
As I reflect on my new assignment as your pastor I am both humbled and gratified. Humbled that Cardinal Sean would
entrust this community to my pastoral care and I pray that the Holy Spirit will aid me as I strive each day to honor the
confidence of the Cardinal. Gratified on two levels: firstly, I am grateful to God for my priesthood and the grace He has
given me for my almost twelve years of priestly ordination. Secondly, I am grateful to be able to serve along side Fr. Tom
Macdonald. Fr. Tom is a remarkable young priest and over the past year I know that his pastoral gifts have been so important
to this community. I know I speak for all of you when I thank Fr. Tom for his tireless efforts and steadfast devotion
to St. Ann's and St. Brendan's.
Again, thank you for welcoming me into your lives as your parish priest. I ask for your prayers for me as I undertake my
pastoral responsibilities and I promise my prayers for you as we journey forward with the help of God's grace.
In His peace,
Father Michael Drea
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