From Fr. Joe’s Desk – Feb. 3rd.

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. (Hebrews 4:9-10)

To the family of Christ at St. David’s,

Last week, we were blessed to be joined by the Rev. Nurya Love Parish who preached a wonderful message on the life of the apostle Paul, and taught in our community forum concerning her work at Plainsong Farms. At the end of that community forum, Rev. Nurya turned to the crowd and asked “I’m just curious, when are Fr. Joe’s days off?” to which the crowd responded “he doesn’t really take one.” 

Rev. Nurya follows our social media pages and commented to me that we must be one of the busiest parishes in Western Michigan. This is of course, probably, most likely, not true – but we are certainly very visibly busy.

This busyness is a blessing and shows the active Spirit of God at work in St. David’s. However, admittedly, running a six week Confirmation Course, a simultaneous four week Catechism Course, keeping weekly Feast Day Masses, planning Baptisms, offering Marriage Counseling, planning wedding and burial liturgies, offering grief counseling, attending community events as a representative of the church, participating in diocesan juncture activities, meetings of the local clergy deanery, planning future book studies, planning liturgies through Easter including the titan that is Easter Vigil, choosing music for Sunday mornings and writing 2-3 sermons a week has me feeling a bit like I need to catch my breath. Add on to all of that a 3 month old and a 2.5 year old, and one starts to think that maybe it’s time for an extended siesta. 

Which is to say, I’ll be on vacation next week. I’ve got some friends in Trussville, Alabama who have promised me a little warmer weather, and an active fishing hole. My phone will be off, my emails will remain unread, and I have a feeling that at least one gin martini will find its way down my gullet.  

In case of pastoral emergency, please contact our Senior Warden – Becky Mason. She will contact one of our local clergy deanery members who will stay with you should the need arise.

I leave after Mass tomorrow, and I will be available again beginning on the morning of the 10th.

Currently packing my bags,

– Joe Kennedy+