The first news is that my wife and I are no longer living in Beverly! We decided that we needed to find a more affordable apartment; and since my job is in Quincy, in the South Shore, we decided to search there. Long story short, we found an apartment in Bridgewater, MA; and on July 13th, we moved in. The commute to work is now much easier, less stressful.
The only downside was that I have to leave the three Beverly Catholic parishes I have been serving at since 2012. Because of the short window of opportunity, we had to move fast on the process; and I had to give very short notice to our parish administrator and the parishioners themselves. Leaving those people I have been with close to 5 years was very sad.
Now, I am between assignments; and feeling a bit out of sorts. For two Sundays now, I have participated in the celebration of the Eucharist in the pews, with the congregation, and not at the altar. It should not make at difference, and it does not make a difference. But it still feels strange to me right now.
The process of getting a new assignment is longer than I thought. I have to first check a page listing the parishes seeking a deacon, and if any are within striking distance from where I live. Arrange an interview with the pastor. Then, if we are in agreement, ask the Archdiocese to assign me to that particular parish. So, we will see what happens.
As we drain our cups, I will share with you that I still do not have a working computer; and an IPhone does lend itself to long essays. But I do intend to post a little more frequently. I hope.
Well, the cups are in the dish rack; and I wish you God’s blessings and peace.