My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Having been here a week, I’d like to thank you for your warm, friendly and hospitable welcome. I look forward to meeting you all and getting to know you better. Please be patient with me as I get to know you and learn your names. After all, you only have one name to remember, I have many. Within my first week, as you can imagine, I’ve been busy settling into the rectory and becoming acquainted with all that goes on here. I so appreciate those of you who are helping me to that end.
One of the things I’ve learned very quickly about the parish in the very short time that I’ve been here is what a wonderfully prayerful and devout group of parishioners there are here. This truly is a parish family. The concern, and helpfulness for others I’ve observed is very comforting and refreshing. As we’ve seen in this past weeks Gospel readings our Lord is teaching the Apostles about faith and evangelization. Through the living word of God, (the bible) He is also teaching us. How refreshing it is to see this faith and evangelization alive here at Prince of Peace.
I look forward to accompanying you on this journey of faith. Of growing deeper in love and union with our Lord. Of bringing him to our brothers and sisters who may have lost their way or have fallen away for whatever reason. I am excited to be here with you and for us to journey in faith together. This is a beautiful community and I am happy to be a part of it.
Please have patience with me as I settle into the role of administrator of the parish. I’m hopeful that my life experience has helped me to prepare for this role and that I will be a good shepherd for each of you. Know of my prayers for the parish and please pray for me.
Yours in Christ,
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Father Mark Groeger is the Parish Administrator of Prince of Peace Church in Northern Cambria, PA.