Youth Minister – Angela McCormick – Announces Resignation
Dear youth, young adults, families and parishioners,
It is with great difficulty that I announce that I am stepping down as St. Theresa’s Youth and Young Adult minister. My last day in the office will be Thursday, April 23, 2015. This has not been an easy decision for me to make as I love St. Theresa’s parish very much. I came to this decision after much prayer and consideration, under the guidance of my spiritual director as well as through discussions with my family and my significant other, Jeremy Lott.
Some of you are aware I was discerning and had applied to be a chaplain in the Canadian Forces. I have since postponed my application to the Canadian Forces chaplaincy in order to focus on discerning marriage with Jeremy. As such, it is best for me to move back to the West coast so I can be closer to Jeremy and family during the marriage discernment process.
With regards to questions you likely have about what this means for St. Theresa’s, Confirmation and our youth ministry. I will attempt to address them here.
First off, what does this mean for our youth ministry? Youth events will continue on as normal, even after I have left. St. Theresa’s core teams and volunteer leaders are very competent and will continue to organize and run our Edge and Life Teen youth events until the end of the school year in June. They are able to run things with or without a new youth minister in place.
What about Confirmation? Nothing is cancelled. In May, we will still be having our student-sponsor Confirmation retreat on May 16, and Confirmation Mass with Archbishop Smith on May 17. Everything is moving forward. The scheduling is all planned and there will be a well-organized leader running things on those two dates. So do not be afraid!
You may also be wondering if there is going to be an opportunity to say goodbye? Yes! Most certainly! We have two different goodbye events organized. There’s a goodbye cake celebration in St. Theresa’s parish foyer after every Sunday Mass on April 11th and 12th. And there is also a Goodbye Potluck on Saturday, April 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in St. Theresa’s parish hall (RSVP at http://bit.do/goodbyepotluck ). All are welcome and invited. I would love to see you.
I thank our Lord for providing me with so many opportunities and experiences here at St. Theresa’s parish. I love and cherish St. Theresa’s parish community, in particular her many youth and families, whom I will continue to pray for and will sorely miss. Our youth hold a very special place in my heart. They are like my own kids and it has been such a gift to watch them grow over the years.
St. Theresa’s is beginning the diligent search for a new youth minister (click here to view the job ad in our bulletin). Your prayers are most appreciated during this process and time of transition, in particular that the Lord will guide the right person to St. Theresa’s, to continue helping our young people draw closer to Christ and make the joy of the Lord their strength (Neh 8:10).