Today is the Feast of Christ the King. I'd like to incorporate in my little scriptural reflection an homage to Claudette Link. Claudette will be retiring from the parish staff on November 30th. Claudette raised her family at St. Juliana and has worked at the parish for nearly 25 years.
The parish secretary is on the front line, answering phone calls, meeting visitors, etc. A person's impression of the parish can be affected by the personality of the secretary. Well, I would bet people's impression of Saint Juliana was that of a caring, joyful, and vivacious place. Because that is the type of person Claudette is! Claudette genuinely cares about every person she meets, and usually instantly becomes friends with that person.
I am very sorry to see Claudette go. Claudette was more than just a friend, she was like a mother to me. She had a mother's intuition, knowing when I had received a piece of good news, was having a rough day, or had something else going on. She would listen and give the right kind of advice when I needed it. She would smile, support, and sing. Claudette was simply an enjoyable person to be around.
To me, the quality of a King depends on how good of a friend and father he is. Majesty is contingent not on power, but on personality. Jesus is the best King there is, for he is a true friend and father. If you want to know some of the qualities that make a true friend and parent, then read again what I just wrote about Claudette. I could have titled this letter, "Claudette the Queen"—I'm sure she would love that!
Thank you, Claudette, for all your years of service to the parish and for so much more. Enjoy your retirement with your family. You will be missed tremendously, but we hope to see you around.
And I hope all of us know that Jesus can be for us what a good friend and parent is.
Inside this bulletin is the Financial Report for the 2017 Fiscal Year, which ran from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. There is a little introductory letter from me, as well as some information about the members of our parish's finance council.
I will be present Wednesday morning at Notre Dame College Prep for their Advent Reconciliation Service. That evening I will celebrate a "Teaching Mass" for our 8th grade religious education students. Fr. Laurent and I this year are celebrating these teaching Masses for all the RE grades, with the hope this will help their understanding of the Mass and its various parts.
On Saturday, December 2nd I will again bless the Edison Park Christmas Tree on the corner of Northwest Highway and Oshkosh. It was nice as well to offer the opening prayer for the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving--I saw many of you running and walking!
The Knights of Columbus will have their annual Christmas Party on Saturday evening at St. John Brebeuf parish. The Missionary Spirit will be in the back of the church this weekend distributing slips for the Christmas Sharing Program. Please pick up your slips today and return your new, wrapped gifts after Masses the weekend of December 2nd and 3rd.
Yours in Christ,