My Dear Friends,
I want to express my deepest thanks for all of the expressions of concern and care, and of support and prayers that have been extended to me during my illness and recovery. The many cards I received (birthday, Thanksgiving, Get Well, and Christmas), and the video salutes and message boards from the sacristy, were both heartwarming and encouraging.
The journey of these past seven weeks has been challenging. What began as two weeks at the rectory with an intestinal virus, turned into two weeks at Mercy Hospital with Guillain-Barre syndrome, and three weeks in outpatient therapy. I’m still receiving outpatient rehab, trying to master climbing stairs, since there are 16 stairs to the second floor of the rectory. The other variable at the rectory is my dog, Templar, since I have lost almost 20 pounds, now he and I weigh the same amount! I hope to be able to return to the rectory by mid-January.
Finally, a word of great thanks to so many. The list includes but is not exclusive to the Mercy Hospital doctors, medical staff, the great nurses and the physical and occupational therapists. To my sister and brother-in-law, Ginny and John, who have taken me into their home for this rehabilitation time and have provided me with such a wonderful environment in which to recuperate. Also deep thanks to all at St. Joseph University Parish who have done so much to keep everything moving along. The incredible parish team, the volunteers and all the parishioners who have helped to make this Advent and Christmas season possible. Special thanks to Father Greg and Monsignor Caligiuri for taking on so many of the extra weekday Masses, and to our weekend associate priests, who offered their time to celebrate extra services. Deepest thanks to Sr. Jeremy for stepping in as parish administrator in my absence. I can rest easily knowing that everything is in her very capable hands. Knowing that they’re all on the scene has given me the peace of mind to concentrate on rehabilitation.
My best wishes to all of you for a wonderful Christmas season and a blessed and happy New Year. Thank you and God bless you.
Love, Fr. Jack