A Farewell Message from Fr. Williams
As I prepare to move to my new assignment as Pastor of Holy Name Church in Fall River on 18 August, it is with a mixture of pride and sorrow that I will have these last few weeks with all of you. Pride, because of all we have accomplished together during my four years here for the spread of the Gospel and the building up of the Kingdom of God, and sadness because, while the work continues for us all, we will now be in different parts of the Lord’s Vineyard.
I want to thank you for the witness of faith you have given me during my time as your pastor – for your devotion to the Holy Eucharist in Mass and Adoration, for your care for one another and for Christ’s poor, for your support of our parish during the unprecedented pandemic. So many memories – so many blessings that I can number from my time in Acushnet.
As I have shared with many of you, knowing that Fr. Ryan Healy will succeed me is the one thing that offers me peace in leaving. I know that he will be a faithful shepherd for all of you as I have sought to have been, and trust that you will offer him the same prayers and support that you offered me. Please know of the place that you and this parish will always have in my prayers – and, if you ever find yourself down the road in Fall River, know that I would always love to see you again!