It is truly a blessing to have served in the Church of St Joseph, Sentul as your Parish Priest. I can hardly believe that time has passed by so quickly, in spite of the pandemic putting us on hold for many months. I am extremely grateful to every one of you and for the gifts of love and affection you have whole-heartedly shared in my ministry. Thank you for your kindness and generosity in living the faith with me, and for being instruments of joy and eagerness these past 7½ years.
My greatest treasure is the willingness you had in sharing your lives with me, especially during the most important times of joy when celebrating the Sacraments – Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation and the Eucharist. Through the Sacrament of Marriage, I have seen couples grow in love and commitment to one another and by administering the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Anointing for the sick and the dying, I am grateful to have helped you heal spiritually and physically. I have experienced the sadness of praying by the bedsides of loved ones and grief of laying them to rest.
Throughout my time here I have enjoyed working with the various ministries of this Parish. It is reassuring to see all of you evolve in the life of the Church, and participate in the mission of Christ. Together we have built our Parish with great enthusiasm and raised the spiritual level of our parishioners. I have watched the children and youth of this Parish respond in faith and kindness, and that fills me with great hope and encouragement for the future. St Joseph’s community always strives to be united under the loving care of our Lord Jesus Christ. I have learned so much from so many of you, but the most humbling lesson I have learned is that you love your Priest, no matter how imperfect I may be.
The last few weeks have been an emotional roller-coaster ride for me: fear, excitement, exhaustion, trepidation and the overwhelming feeling of love and affirmation. My journey with you has been marked by many ups and downs, failures and successes, but I believe I have fulfilled God’s will faithfully. As I pause and reflect on my ministry here at St Joseph’s Church, I can see how God has guided me along the way and helped me lead us all towards Christ. I pray that God will continue to shower his blessings and love on this Parish. Please know that my prayers are with each of you always.
I am sure that the incoming priest will be ready to lead this parish community with devotion and enthusiasm, and continue the outstanding work of becoming one body and one spirit in Christ. We ask for God’s blessings and guidance on all the priests in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur – as we look forward to ministering in our new parishes – that the Lord grants us the wisdom, grace and strength to continue His work of New Evangelisation.
Rev. Fr. George Packiasamy