Message from Father Daniel 


 
 Dear Parishioners,
 
It hardly seems possible that twelve years ago, I arrived at Christ the King! This was my first assignment as pastor, so I can say without offending anyone that this is my favorite parish! It has been a very real privilege to serve Christ the King Parish and School, and to share in the lives of many people in those years. Some of those events have been joyful, like baptisms, first communions, confirmations, and
marriages. Others have been sorrowful, especially when we have grieved together the loss of loved ones.
 
I feel very proud of what we have been able to accomplish together. Over these 12 years our mass
attendance has grown by 50%, and our school is doing very well with an enrollment for the next
academic year of 250 students. The finances of the parish, thanks to your generous support, are in good condition: we have no debt, our annual collection has doubled and, as well as some operating savings, we have created and funded a significant capital fund, a school scholarship fund as well as an endowment fund. Over the past 12 years we have invested almost $1.5 million in maintaining and upgrading our beautiful campus. More importantly, I believe that together we have taken significant steps to make
people feel welcome and to help all grow closer to God.
 
As you can imagine, I have very contrasting thoughts and emotions this weekend. I will leave this
wonderful community with a heavy heart. I will miss being your Pastor very much.  My first feeling, however, is one of gratitude. This thanksgiving goes first and foremost to the Lord, “I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds” (Psalm 9:1). This act of
thanksgiving extends especially to the staff and faculty that have been at my side during these years, and to the many dedicated volunteers without whom my work would have been impossible.
 
My life will change in many ways my new role as Rector of St. John Vianney Seminary. Please keep me in your prayers as I enter into this new ministry, helping to prepare young men for the priesthood.  In this mission I will take inspiration from the teachings of Pope Francis who has made the formation of clergy a priority of his Pontificate. The Holy Father has insisted that the priesthood is not a
privilege, a source of economic benefit, a career or a means of gaining power over others. At the same time he has underlined what it should be: a priest is someone whose central preoccupation is the suffering of others, and how to relieve it; he is someone in contact with human life, which should be reflected in his thinking and way of life.
 
I will keep you in my prayers and in my heart.

Please join me in welcoming Fr. Michael as he becomes the pastor of this community, a community that I can only describe as magnificent!

 
In Christ,
 
Fr. Daniel Leonard, Pastor
 


 
 
 
 


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