From the Pastor's Desk

Weekly thoughts and announcements from our Pastor, Fr. Tom Lewandowski.

Farewell, Thank You, Congratulations!

Dear Fr. Dennis:  Please accept this letter of my resignation as Secretary of St. Joseph Parish.  I have decided that upon reaching the age of 65 in July, I shall retire – effective August 1, 2012.  I have given this decision a great deal of thought. I am excited about this next phase of my life, but I am also somewhat saddened as I know I will miss your daily leadership and inspiration, as well as the staff members with which I have been privileged to work. The past 27 years here at St. Joseph Parish have never really felt like “work” or a “job”, rather a ministry and one that I truly enjoyed.  ~ Cheryl Janusek

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of all the parishioners of St. Joseph Parish to thank Cheryl for her 27 years of dedicated service to the parish.  She was there through the good times and the bad times making sure the secretarial duties of the parish were accomplished in a timely and professional way.  Cheryl’s special attentiveness to the many tasks that are involved with a large parish cemetery is particularly appreciated. 

On a personal note, I would like to thank her for all of her help in making the transition to a new pastor when I was appointed in 1999 welcoming, easy and smooth.  She was available and willing to accomplish any request or task that I made, as well as taking on many new responsibilities that she was not accustomed to having.  I am sure everyone will wish her well and use this opportunity to thank her for her dedicated service to St. Joseph Parish as she begins a new chapter of her life.  If you wish to send her a greeting, note or card, do so by sending it to her: Cheryl Janusek, % St. Joseph Parish, 817 W. Grant Ave, Duquesne, Pa. 15110.   She will be able to pick up her mail there, since I gave her permission to continue the weekly “walk aerobics” class in the rectory.

A New Day Dawns:  When a staff member leaves, everyone’s life is in some way affected.  We will not have to hire a new staff person because Cheryl’s responsibilities are going to be absorbed by the staff already in place in our parishes. I would ask everyone’s patience as this new part of our parish journey unfolds.  Hopefully, your life will not be affected too drastically but what you have been used to in the past may take some adjustment in the future as we move forward.  We are old pros at this kind of adjustment because we have been successfully “adjusting” for many years and will continue to do so.  Be sure that I appreciate everyone’s efforts in making the adjustments for the good of both parishes and all it’s people by putting aside your own convenience.