If all goes as planned, I will be moving to my new parish in Massachusetts in two weeks, on August 9th. It’s my first real move after coming to diocesan life, so it will be something of an adventure. I need to rent a truck to carry everything, get help moving my boxes and furniture in and out, get new car insurance and registration, change my address on all my subscriptions and accounts of all kinds… and I’m probably forgetting other things I should be doing too!
I know that people do this all the time, but it’s new to me. When I was moved from place to place in the Legion of Christ, it was simple; I was living a vow of poverty, so I could fit in a couple of suitcases everything I needed to take with me. Everything else was provided by the local religious community to which I was moving. So, I guess you could say that this experience is like saying, “Welcome to real life, Fr Matthew!”
So, I’m packing my things (mostly books!) into boxes, so that I don’t have lots of work at the last minute.
As to the parish where I’m going, I’ve told some people here already, but I’m not sure how many people at my destination know that I am arriving. The official letter giving me the assignment has not yet been promulgated, so I won’t be specific here on the internet quite yet, but it should be public knowledge very shortly.
We are sad to see you leave. We do enjoy your sermons. It is good that we will be able to continue to read your sermons on the computer. The sermon on St. Mary Magdalene was touching home. We all sin, but we are all forgiven and that is the important part. She was the first to see the risen Christ – that is something that everyone should keep in mind. God is love.