Very little of my family lives near me, but I knew that would be the case when I decided to move here nine years ago. However, I have been blessed with a whole “new” family by virtue of being a member of our parish and being in the very best job I have ever had, as the coordinator for our middle school youth ministry (“Outlet”) here. The amazing people I work with have shared my joys and my sorrows, prayed for me and for my family and helped me innumerable times without my asking. It is an enormous joy to be with them, whether it’s with the families in our group working on a service project, a Monday morning parish staff meeting or sharing a meal with our team. I am truly excited each time I am able to be with this “new” family and I always thank God for yet another unexpected blessing in my life!

by JAM