I want to thank you all for the warm welcome you have extended to me, as your new Pastor, and to our new Parochial Vicar, Father Britt Taylor. As you can imagine, the pace has been rather hectic since I became Pastor of Immaculate Conception on Tuesday, July 9, 2019.

I have shaken a lot of hands, I have heard a lot of opinions, and have not had time to unpack much of anything at the rectory! Change is a challenge for most of us, because we become set in our ways and comfortable with the environment in which we have become accustomed to living. So, during these times of change, we all must turn to the words of the Lord: “Foxes have dens, and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” (Mt 8:20).

Christ is telling us that to truly follow Him, we must not become too attached to our comforts, whatever they may be. We must be ready to pick up our Cross, and follow Him wherever He leads us. Jesus was uncompromisingly honest; He never allows us the illusion that the Christian life is easy. And so we must not come to think that we can settle into our comfortable dens and nests; following Christ, then, always involves change.

To be followers of Christ means to be prepared to deny ourselves of our own will, and embrace His. We come to His Church on Jesus’ terms, not our own. But that does not mean our enthusiasm should be diminished; just that it should be directed by God’s will, and not one’s own agenda.

We have a lot to be excited about here at Immaculate Conception, and Immaculata Catholic School! Indeed, change is in the air; and yet, God is guiding us in very positive directions. And, as your Pastor, I ask everyone to discern what God may be asking you to do, in following Him. I am certain He is asking all of us to stretch ourselves beyond the comforts of our nest, and get involved in His saving Mission through the Parish and School.Be assured of my prayers for all of you.

Father Cook