ANDREA’S NOTE TO THE PARISH:
As was announced at Masses on November 18/19, January will bring a new stage in my ministry as a pastoral associate. At the end of December, I’ll be leaving St. Julia’s for the Sacred Heart & Our Lady’s Collaborative in Newton. My final weekend at Masses will be on Epiphany weekend, January 6/7.
In Newton I will be the Pastoral Associate for Adult Faith Formation, running Alpha and small groups, as well as spearheading outreach to young adults and young families. I will also be working with the Social Justice Committee, which is sponsoring a refugee family, so I am glad to be able to continue that outreach which I have been so proud to have seen you all do on behalf of refugees in our midst.
Even though I am excited about my new adventures, it is difficult to leave our wonderful community. You took a chance on me, a young woman just out of graduate school and with little parish experience; but I think we got on swimmingly right from the start! I’ll never forget the ways that you welcomed me and showed me the ropes. I’ve made genuine friendships here, and have enjoyed getting to know you all. You’ve taught me more than you could know about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus and a lay professional in ministry. Your kindness, generosity and hospitality will always stay with me.
Yours in Christ Jesus,