On Monday, June 29th Archbishop Prendergast announced clergy appointments effective August 1st 2015. In the announcement, it stated that I will be moved to Our Lady of Fatima Parish (on Woodroffe & Richmond Road). My replacement will be one of the two newly ordained priests for the Archdiocese of Ottawa – Fr. Gerard Plant.
It is with great sadness in my heart that I leave at the end of July. Please pray that I may find peace from the grief and sorrow that come from leaving your parish community that I have come to know as my family. My two years at Saints Monica and Andrew Parishes have been so much fun, and full of wonderful friendships and memories that I will always treasure. I thank the Good Lord for the opportunity to serve you and your families. Your faithfulness and commitment to living your faith is inspiring, and gives me great hope for the Church going forward. I am confident that Father Plant will enjoy beginning his priesthood in such a warm and welcoming community of faith as I have.
Please feel free to come and visit me if you are ever driving down Woodroffe Avenue. Also, I will continue to post my weekend homilies and other faith-based material on my personal website www.WalkingWithTheFather.CA
Thank you so much for the blessing of friendship that you have so generously shared with me these past two years. Know that you will remain in my regular prayers each day, and that I love you very much.
Your friend and spiritual "Father,"
Father Matthew Keshwah
*For those who were planning to join the book club in September, I will continue the book club at Our Lady of Fatima beginning in October (please email me for details if interested)
Those who follow Christ do not have to make themselves perfect. Even when we are frail, the Lord can work good in us and through us. Admitting our weaknesses gives permission to him to support us where our need is greatest. And Christ brings us to perfection.
The lack of faith shown by Jesus’ home-town neighbours prevented his power from acting for them. Our faith must be active if it is to make a difference. It means putting Christ at the centre, having confidence in him, inviting him to act in our lives, being patient enough to accept his way of answering our call.