It's always nice to know that you are appreciated, but when a wonderful friend, and someone very near and dear to you lets you know just how much you are appreciated, it makes you glow!
In my case, Blake and I had dinner with Fr. Loecke on Saturday night, and he asked if I had seen the thank you note he put in the church bulletin after his farewell socials. Because I was in San Francisco the week the note was posted, I did not see it, so I made a mental note to find that week's bulletin and make a copy of the note when I got into the office today.
Dear Parishioners of the Basilica:
A heart felt note of thanks to all of you wonderful people for the farewell send off. Thank you to all who took the time to visit with me after Masses and thanks to all who donated cookies/bars and those who helped with the receptions. Thank you for the generous gifts and to the Basilica Quilters for the lovely quilt. Special thanks to Becky Williams for organizing the music for the Masses, especially for using my favorite hymns. Becky does a wonderful job as music director for the Basilica....."
Fr. finishes by saying that the two parishes will always have a special place in his heart.
I am positive that these two parishes reciprocate his feelings!
Fr. Loecke has been a wonderful friend and confidant for Blake and me. We have been so blessed to have him in our lives, and I'm not sure we could ever tell him in words how much we appreciate and admire him! The words he wrote are tremendously heartfelt...in fact, they were so kind that they rendered me speechless...which is not an easy task! :) So, to Fr. Loecke, thank you so much for being a part of our lives, and we look forward to many more years of a wonderful friendship!