I am writing with a heart full of gratitude and joy to express my profound appreciation for the love, prayers, and thoughtful gifts you showered me on my 55th birthday on August 12. Your generosity and kindness touched my heart in ways words can hardly describe.
Your prayers and mass on my behalf warmed my soul and reminded me of the strong bonds that tie us together as a spiritual family. Your words of encouragement and support, especially at my "double nickel" birthday party in the parish social hall, mean more to me than I can express. I am truly humbled by how you rallied around me during this special time in my life.
The gifts you gave me are not just material items but a reflection of your thoughtfulness and care. Each one will hold a special place in my heart as a reminder of the love surrounding me within our church community.
As I reflect on the past 55 years of my life, I am grateful to have shared some of those years alongside all of you. Your unwavering faith, genuine friendships, and compassionate hearts have enriched my life.
Once again, thank you for your prayers, kind gestures, warm wishes, and the love you have shown me in the almost five years I have spent with you, first as parish administrator and then as pastor. May our bond grow stronger as we journey together in faith and fellowship. E seun-thank you. May St. Bernard of Clairvaux intercede on behalf of all of you.
With heartfelt appreciation and joy,
Fr. Alayode Bernard, OP