The priest at my parish had to take an early retirement due to illness. I attended his last Saturday mass this past weekend. This is weighing heavily on my heart. I enjoyed his masses and felt a connection to Father Dave that I have not felt to any other priest. He will be sadly missed by so many including me. As I mentioned in an earlier post, Father Dave showed care and concern when I had my skin cancer operations going on by taking my hands and saying a prayer and then continued to bless my head all this while he wasn't feeling well himself. I feel blessed to have been a parishioner at his parish for 9 years and will never forget the welcome and warm feeling that he gave the church. Father Dave was never judgmental and made going to church an enjoyable event. I have never known a priest like him in my life, especially, one that would stop you after mass when you have a bandage on your head. Have you ever known a Catholic priest to bring Saint Nick (Santa) ringing his bells as he walked up the aisle and saying a special guest has arrived and than continue to kneel in front of the manger in prayer and hand out candy canes on Christmas Eve? I didn't until I went to my first Christmas Eve mass with Father Dave. Father Dave you will be missed, take care and get the rest you deserve.
Here is a card that I had made for him (sorry my computer is having issues turning this the correct way):