Every organization that works with the public knows that the first face one sees at the office and the first voice one hears over the phone can make people feel welcome, informed, and at home: or not. This is especially true of the Church. St. Benedict’s rule of hospitality tells us to “treat everyone as Christ.” This is not just a slogan. Catholic parishes are, and should be, held to a higher standard because we aspire to re-present Jesus to all who come to our doors, particularly the poor and needy.
For eight years, our community has been blessed to have someone who lives up to this ideal, Mrs. Ann Ferro. A long-time parishioner, Ann came to St. Mary’s Rectory with organizational skills honed over the years at a prestigious law firm and extensive knowledge of parish history. With our fearless leader, Mrs. Laura Fay, Ann has set the standard of professionalism in our office, keeping track of our records, communications, bulletin, and special notifications. At the same time, her kindness and care for our parishioners could not be more evident.
At the end of July, Mrs. Ferro will be moving to live closer to family in Virginia and Maryland. We were hoping to mark her departure with a celebration, but given the present circumstances that will not be possible. We will, however, be seeing Ann over the course of July at Mass, especially the 5 PM Saturday Liturgy. Please assure her of our love and prayers for a well-deserved retirement. Ann, we will miss you! Come back soon!
With much love,
In the name of all our parishioners at St. Mary’s