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Thank You From Fr. Tony’s Family

Dear Parishioners:

We, the Family of Fr. Tony, would like to thank you all for such kindness, concern and generosity to our brother, Anthony.

Father Tony is very dear to us and, as you have all found out, is a very dedicated priest.

Having three priests in the family, we are able to assess on a scale of one to ten (ten being the best) how our brothers are treated by the parishes they serve. We have unanimously awarded your parish a 10!!!!

Not only did you care for Father Tony during his near fatal illnesses, but you made his 40th Anniversary a very special occasion.

He has telephoned us all (no mean feat considering we are thirteen brothers and sisters!) and in great detail has enthused us about your generous preparations for and enthusiasm toward a truly wonderful celebration.

Father Tony said, at the family Anniversary Mass, that if he were ever to come back in another life (immediately pointing out that we don’t believe in reincarnation – never one to miss a chance to teach!) that he would only come back as a priest.  Now we know why!  Who wouldn’t want to come back to a parish with parishioners like yourselves.

Father Tony’s sense of humor comes from the family, and so to finish we would like to tell you this little story…

“A little girl, dressed in her Sunday best, was running as fast as she could, trying not to be late for bible class, as she ran she prayed, ‘Dear Lord, please don’t let me be late, please don’t let me be late.’  While she was running and praying, she tripped on a curb and fell, getting her clothes dirty and tearing her dress.  She got up, brushed herself off and started running again.

As she ran once again, she began to pray, ‘Dear Lord, don’t let me be late, but please don’t shove me either!'”

– The Cullen Family

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