Many of you over the past several years have come to know Joan Port who has served as the Assistant to the Pastor going back to the late 1990s. Over the summer Joan told me that she would be retiring this fall. Joan is winding down her time here, working closely with Tresa Pickup who will now take on the Assistant to the Pastor position going forward.

I want to say thank you to Joan for the job she has done and for her presence here over the past several years. As I have slowly gotten acquainted with all the many parts of St. Francis, Joan has been a huge help to me, quietly and efficiently and pastorally handling all kinds of different things that come our way. As she prepares for retirement, Joan is looking forward to spending more time with her family. We wish her the best.

Tresa Pickup, you may know, has worked as the Assistant to our Director of Music Jim Wahl over the past few years. We welcome her to the new role. And welcome to Mary Lacy Simmons who will take Tresa’s place as the Assistant to the Director of Music.

Next weekend we will have a visiting friar from Boston, Br. Paul O’Keeffe who will be speaking at all the masses about his international mission experience. Paul spent several years as a Franciscan missionary in Africa. He is from my hometown of Burlington, MA. and we have known each other for several years going back to before we joined the friars. He will be promoting some upcoming mission experiences we plan to offer through St. Francis, including trips to Cuba, Honduras, and our sister parish in Guatemala. There is more information on these trips elsewhere in this week’s bulletin.

Blessings on your week!
Fr. Steve