This weekend Fr Paul Varuvel is going to be speaking to us, so I am in the unusual position of writing a column but not a homily. Huh. “Hello, everyone!”

However, it’s a good time to talk about my first year here. (Can you believe it’s been a year already?) My early visits to St. Max (before becoming Facebook “official”) reminded me so much of home. I grew up in small country churches. However, it’s the people of St Max that have indeed made this home for me. The Martha’s Table volunteers in particular showed me how St. Max could come together to provide food for those in need in such a beautiful way, but I’ve now seen the whole year of events filled with volunteers and helpers (we can still use more though!) Our two sites are now married together and I hope and pray our family continues to grow closer together.

Over the last year we’ve had baptisms, funerals, and a surprising number of weddings. We’ve shared a LOT of coffee together. We’ve cleaned (and cleaned, and cleaned,) thrown things out, found other things, and painted. We got to do not one but two book studies, which I immensely enjoyed.

This past year has been one of reflection, prayer and study for me as well, as I tried to learn the history of St. Max and what worked well and what can be improved. Starting this summer, I will be experimenting with doing mass in homes and neighborhoods outside of our usual Sunday time, in addition to our normal masses. I’m curious to see how this works out, and hope that it unites us all a little more closely in Christ.

As you probably know by now, I also recently accepted the position of canonical administrator for St Joseph School in Batavia. You can think of it as a chaplain that goes to a few extra meetings besides doing a weekly mass and classroom visits.

I’m happy to be building some ties here locally, and hope to remain here a long time, God willing.

You are all in my prayers. Thank you for a wonderful year, and here’s to many more!


Peace ~ Fr. Dan