Blessings of peace and joy to you!
Last Tuesday, my pastoral ministry in the Archdiocese of Dubuque took a lovely turn with my arrival at the sister parishes of St. John in Lisbon-Mount Vernon and Isidore in Springville to serve as the pastor.
The initial “baptism” into the engaging parish life of Saints John and Isidore was exciting. With a bundle of enthusiastic young children and an evangelistic-minded team of missionaries and parish staff hosting “Totus Tuus,” it was obvious to me even without anyone expressing it that I have joined to two most lively, faith-filled communities.
The weekend celebrations and welcome rapport, amidst meal sharing, were the icing on the cake.” Everyone was delighted to see me” is the mantra I have repeated to people in Ghana, New York, Dubuque, and Mason City. I feel so much at home and comfortable already because of your smiles, handshakes, words of love and welcome.
With a deep sentiment of gratitude, I want to thank everyone of you and say that your families are my families as well. My mother will be delighted to here that I have many mothers here in Springville and Lisbon-Mount Vernon. My deceased father will be happy to notice that I have many fathers. My siblings will be excited to here that I have many siblings here to compensate for the sentimental loneliness that my distance from them create.
Lastly, I appreciate all those who came to mass at the weekend to welcome me and interact with me. Thank you for your handshake, smiles, words of welcome, and your faith. Thanks to all those who organized my welcoming gathering, and those who brought something to share with others.
Now permit me to introduce and share with you some sayings that I like to use from time to time, especially during mass.
1. God is good,…. all the time; All the time,….God is good.
2. My soul glorifies the Lord …..my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
3. The Almighty has done great things for me,….. holy is His name.
I encourage all parishioners to adopt these snappy, prayerful expressions and say them all the time, and the blessings of God will alight upon our parishes and our families.
FR. Andy A-Mensah