Sincere Thanks

It was nearly a month ago that I expressed in St. Mary’s Parish bulletin my informal farewell message, which also appeared on Facebook. So many of you responded to that message and expressed your gratitude for my ministry in the parish and your sadness in knowing that I had in fact left the parish for good. Your kindness and love was obvious in those messages. Reading each one of them brought a lot of tears to my eyes! I sincerely thank you for your kindness. Right now, because of treatments, I am not able to travel long distances. So far I have completed five treatments and the sixth one is scheduled for Tuesday, August 15th. After that there may be another six or seven more treatments to go. Please continue to keep me in your prayers. I am truly grateful to each one of you for expressing on Facebook your feelings of appreciation of my ministry at St. Mary’s. Unfortunately I am not on Facebook. I certainly miss you, but I will always keep you and the little ones in my heart and in my prayers. Some day, after I have completed my treatments and am able to travel, I will come by to say my formal farewell to you. I leave the details of this in the hands of the new Pastor and the new Parish Council. I am sure you all will be notified of this in time. Again thanks and God bless. Love you all.

Father Gus

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Welcome to St. Mary’s, Fr. Cosmas Ajawara

St Mary, the patroness of our diocese, was renowned for her humanity. We remain inspired by how she invited people in and cared for them and how she encouraged all to honour the beautiful presence of Christ among us. I would like to assure you, Father Cosmas, that, likewise, we will do all we can to welcome you into our community of faith, recognising the great responsibility that has been entrusted to you.

Father Cosmas brings with him many years of pastoral experience, most recently as pastor for both ​​St. Mary’s of the Presentation Parish and The Mission of St. Daniel the Martyr in South Mountain. We trust that you will find Carleton Place and St. Mary’s Parish to be a welcoming, new home.

We would also like to express our thanks to the Kingston Diocese and to Father Gus, forproviding a smooth transition between pastors.

We welcome you, Father Cosmas, with open arms, on-going prayers and a poem:

Our God has sent you to this place

To lead us in the way

That He would have us work and think

And live from day to day.

No matter the hour; whatever the need,

We know you will go the extra mile –

Always ready and willing to share

A comforting thought and a smile.

We’re grateful that you’re here with us

To teach us from His word,

And we will try to do our best

In service of our Lord.

We thank you for your ministry,

Your guidance and your care.

His greatest blessings for your life

Is our most humble prayer.

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Thank You!

Fr. Gus wishes to thank everyone who posted their well wishes to the parish Facebook page as well as those who sent cards or letters. Your outpouring of caring and love has touched his heart. Please continue to keep him in your prayers.

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Goodby Message to the Parishioners from Fr. Gus

Goodbye Message to the Parishioners from Fr. Gus

My dear Parishioners,

I sincerely apologize for leaving you so suddenly without telling each one of you my final good-bye. As you all know, the last few months have been rather traumatic for me. The diagnosis of cancer was unexpected. I suppose, because of the nature of the cancer, they had to make an immediate decision on treatment plans. I was given only a few days before the chemo treatment began. Similarly, the transfer of the treatment to Kingston General Hospital also was quite unexpected. Given my condition, I had to make a quick decision about my move to Gananoque, my ultimate retirement place. By now I have had two treatments in Ottawa General Hospital and the third one is scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday, July 4) in Kingston. The treatments will continue until the end of November. Please keep me in your prayers. I thank you all for your love. You have been so generous and kind to me all these years. I really miss you, especially the children. I do not have to worry about your pastoral care, because Fr. Cosmas is a very kind and compassionate Pastor. You will be in good hands. Bye to everyone, especially the little ones. You all will be in my heart always. Love you all and may God bless you. Father Gus

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High Tea and Fashion Show

High tea

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2017-2018 St. Mary’s Parish Catholic Women’s League Executive


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St. Mary’s Christmas Eve Pageant 2016

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Children’s Liturgy children wish Fr. Gus a Merry Christmas


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Letter thanks from St. Joseph’s Seminary in India for cheque received.


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Presentation of cheque to the Manasa Rehabilitation School in India by Fr. Gus.


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