My dear friends, I thank you for coming here today to show your respect and affection for Fr. Joel. In our prayers today we place into God’s safe and gentle hands our brother in faith and our brother in Christ’s priesthood. We do this in sorrow over the loss of a gentle and dedicated pastor and friend. And we do so also in faith. For we know that what has united all of us with Fr. Joel is our faith in Jesus the Christ, the saviour who delivers us from death and gives us the fullness of life forever. And as is the ancient practice of the Church, we offer to God our Father the Eucharistic sacrifice of Jesus, our Saviour, so that our brother Joel may be purified to enter the eternal home that our Lord Jesus Christ has prepared for him.
I extend my deepest sympathies to the people of St. John the Baptist parish and the parishes of St. Monica in Bienfait and Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Macoun who have lost a kind and dedicated pastor. And also to the communities of...Read More