NOTE: Come celebrate Sandra McCabe and Laura Lionberg as they retire after many years of service to Saint Sebastian. Over the past 23 years, Laura has worked with our school children creating beautiful art and sharing her love of art. For the past 11 years, Sandra has worked with our youth helping them to grow in their faith life. Please come and celebrate Mass at 10:30 on Sunday, June 3, followed by a reception after to say thank you and bless them on their next adventure.
As I take a look back on all that has transpired during these past 10+ years, gratitude fills my heart for the daily miracles I’ve been privileged to witness, for the hundreds of youth and adults I have met and prayed with, and for the amazing and diverse gifts of support given to our parishes.
As Scripture affirms, “With God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).”
Commitment to my understanding of youth and families and my own daily prayer practice has sustained me to serve during both the good and the challenging times. I have always thought of my work with young people and families as a vocation and not simply a job. I felt called to do this work and believe I’ve been given the strength to sustain it over the years. It hasn’t always been easy –sometimes like a jump into the abyss – as I was called to take a risk or to take a stand. I’ve made mistakes, been misunderstood, and filled with graces, confidence in God and blessings all at the same time. Administrative work has its own set of challenges, even more when aiming to do so with utmost charity in all circumstances. This path of discipleship and transformation is an effort to bring God’s love into every aspect of daily life – work, play and all relationships.
At the end of the month, I will cross a threshold and take another leap of faith into the unknown. I trust God will figure out ways to use my gifts and talents to serve in new ways. I am ready to do so with God’s help. I look forward to exploring and experiencing a new level of the freedom and spaciousness of my YES to God’s presence and action in my life.
With gratitude to God and to all the members of St. Sebastian and St. Catherine parishes— it has been an experience of grace upon grace!