July 15, 2018

Summer Seminarian Keyboard: It is hard to believe that my time here is done!  The eight weeks went by so fast; I have really enjoyed my time here with you all in the county.  It has been a lot of fun, as well as being very packed with activities.  Following Fr. Scott around this summer I have learned that there really is never a dull moment for the pastor of two parishes.  The irony is that there are many anticipated dull moments.  I would usually get a briefing of the next day the night before.  I came to learn that when Fr. Scott told me he thought it would be a chill day for me, I should buckle up because those were the busiest of days.

But, there is truth to the saying, ‘Do what you love, and you will never work a day in your life.’ The days that were busy were also the most memorable.  One of the best weekends was when Fr. Scott took us to DC for a wedding rehearsal Thursday, back to DC for the wedding Friday, then straight to Rocky Gap campground after the wedding reception.  It was insane, but exciting.  Another thing added to our schedule, particularly in the last few weeks have been visits to so many of your homes.  It is always wonderful to be so warmly welcomed by all of you, and I certainly never left hungry.  It has also been a joy to go to homes for sick calls or just to visit.

In the Gospel this weekend Our Lord tells the apostles to kick the dust from their feet if a town does not accept them. I think I will have to do the opposite after this summer; I will have to take some of the dust from St Mary’s with me when I leave.

God bless,

Martin

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