Encouragement, News

Heartfelt Farewell Note from Deacon Ed

Dear Blessed Sacrament Parishioners,

    May Our Lord bless you and keep you in His tender care and protection.  I am sad to let you know that I will no longer be actively serving as a deacon in the Buffalo Diocese
   Advanced glaucoma is making my vision problematic and posing a challenge in every aspect of my life including my ability to serve on the altar. Blessed Sacrament Parish is the community that supported me through my years of formation and celebrated with me the joyous day of my ordination. Your faces were the ones I looked out on as I delivered my first homily on the feast of Corpus Christi, 2012.
  You are the ones who warmly received me and Mary at Mission, openly welcoming us as friends.  Some of you allowed me to baptize your children, a privilege I will never forget.
   Our voices joined with yours in the boundless joy of Easter Vigils and Christmas Eve liturgies. There were St. Nick nights and meat raffles where I doffed my stole and donned my yellow apron working side by side with some of the most fun loving volunteers I’ve ever known. And who can forget some of the best pot luck suppers in Western New York?
   You became a new family for me and Mary and it is heart wrenching to write this. The decision to retire early was not one I ever expected to make but in truth, it was made for me by my health. No one anywhere knows better than you the struggle my health has given me. You have nurtured my healing from my injuries, through my two neurosurgeries and several surgeries on my eyes. You watched me as only family can, encouraging me every step of the way. You prayed for me so fervently and with such perseverance I cannot adequately thank you enough.
    I must, however, try.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart. And if I may, I ask you to continue to pray for my worsening vision and that God will direct me in all of His ways. You may be completely assured that I will pray for you, my Blessed Sacrament family.

Always your brother,
Deacon Ed