Dear Parishioners of St. Dominic and Assumption,
It is with a heavy heart that I leave Cold Lake, a community I have come to call home. I want to thank all of you for accepting me and for helping me to help our parishes grow. As I have found to be true everywhere I have been, I honestly believe I have received more than I have ever given. God has been very good to me! May God continue to bless you and your families!
I hope and pray that you will welcome Fr. Jacob with open arms and together continue to grow this community that I have come to know and love. I am inspired by missionaries, like Fr. Jacob, who, throughout the history of the Church, have left families and homeland to travel to distant lands and distant peoples in service to the Gospel. What courage, dedication, and faith they must have to leave everything behind for the sake of Christ, for the promise of inheriting eternal life! (see Matthew 19:29)
As I say farewell, I want to assure you that you are all in my prayers and I ask that you keep me in yours. I have been entrusted with a new mission that will have its own unique challenges and I will continue to need the grace of God. May the grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you always!
Fr. Andrew Schoenberger