May 30, 2021

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. In this feast, we transition to Ordinary Time, which began last Monday. This time of the year is a time when we mark many transitions. As we celebrate God as a community of love, as a Trinity of Persons, we celebrate the love that accompanies us through many transitions.

We mark a significant transition for many of our young people beginning this week. On Thursday the eighth graders at our school will graduate. Many young people will go through this same transition over the next few weeks. We pray for them and ask God to accompany them into this new chapter in their lives.

Graduation is an opportunity to look back and to give thanks for all that has been and to celebrate a significant accomplishment. It is also a time to look forward and dream about what is next. Whether it is a transition into High School, or college, or graduate school, or into a job or career, graduation can be filled with both gratitude and a little bit of trepidation as graduates move into an unfamiliar future. We pray that all our graduates will know the strength and power of God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - as they move through this transition.

Here at St. Joseph, we are also experiencing the transition of leaders and ministers who have been a part of our team and are moving on. Kathy Lundy, our school principal, will be relocating with her family. We are grateful to Kathy for leading us through a most challenging year and look forward to welcoming Mary Yamoah, who will be taking over as our new principal later this summer. Please pray for both Kathy and Mary and their respective families as they make their transitions.

We also have several transitions on our Parish Staff. Ryan Chase is taking on a new role as our Pastoral Assistant for Social Concerns and expanding his responsibilities in technology support. We are currently looking for a successor to Ryan in Youth Ministry. Please keep Ryan and our search for a new Youth Minister in your prayers.

Larry Cadorniga is also relocating with his family to the midwest and will be leaving our staff at the end of June. Larry has served us for some 16 years in various roles on our pastoral team. We will miss him but wish him well in his new endeavors. We will also be saying goodbye to Sister Joelle at the end of this month. After 30 years on our parish staff ministering to the sick and homebound people, Sister is retiring. It is a well-deserved transition for her.

We are currently searching for a person to fill two areas that Larry and Sister Joelle are responsible for: Liturgy and Pastoral Care. Please keep this search process in your prayers. The other significant portion of Larry’s responsibilities is coordinating our stewardship efforts. We will soon be advertising for this role as well.

Finally, we say goodbye this week to our seminarian, Sylvester Chanda. Sylvester has been with us for his pastoral year at a most extraordinary time. While the pandemic curtailed some of what he would have been able to do in a normal year, Sylvester has taken advantage of the opportunities this year for gaining pastoral experience. We are grateful for the way he has ministered with us, and in particular for his warm, welcoming presence. His smile is infectious and his singing has enriched us at weekday Masses. Sylvester will take some time this summer to visit family and friends in Zambia, and then return later in the summer to begin his third year at Mt Angel Seminary. We wish Sylvester well in his transition and ask God’s blessing on him for safe travels and a restful time with his family.

Last Sunday Archbishop Etienne promulgated the new Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese of Seattle. That plan is rooted in Jesus’ great commission at the end of Matthew’s Gospel, to make disciples of all nations. As we mark transitions among graduates and pastoral ministers, we thank God for how they have helped us to grow in our discipleship and ask God’s blessings on them as they leave us to continue that ministry in new ways and new settings.

Peace,
Fr. Gary Lazzeroni