Rev. Father Francis Stevenson, Pastor
Assigned Tahoe City: July 1, 2019
From Our Pastor Father Francis
This weekend we celebrate our 244th year of independence as a nation. It’s a time to recall our nation’s struggle in our desire to be free. We also recognize in our country that there’s a lot of social unrest and strife due to the sin of slavery. The sins of the fathers are visited upon the third and fourth generations. We all recognize slavery as a very evil and ugly institution. But do we also recognize that all of us, in one way or another, have been slaves to sin? We don’t talk much about sin these days; it’s considered by many to be theologically unfashionable and ultimately, it’s not very nice. Yet we need to have an honest conversation about the reality of sin. The reason sin is so ugly is because it enslaves US. Genuine freedom is based on truth. We set ourselves free when we tell the truth in the sacrament of confession. If we truly desire to live as free men and women then let us be honest with God, ourselves and with another person. Happy Independence Day!
I’m sure all of you will join me in thanking Deacon Michael and His dear wife Katie for their many years of loving and devoted service to Corpus Christi Catholic Parish. We are certainly going to miss them, but we wish them well in their new home and their new parish at St. Joseph’s in Sandpoint. “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sunshine warm upon your face;the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”
A Note from Katie and Deacon Michael Holley
Dear Fr. Francis and parish family, It is always hard to say goodbye, whether that is to individuals or to an entire community as we have enjoyed here at Corpus Christi parish. Thank you for the support that each of you gave to Katie and me throughout my diaconate formation and these early years of ordained ministry. We appreciated all your prayers, kind words of encouragement, and patience with our ever-changing schedule! As we transition into retirement, we will be taking with us a collection of wonderful memories from our time spent with the parish and in the North Lake Tahoe area. If you ever find yourselves in Northern Idaho, please come visit us at St. Joseph’s parish in Sandpoint. We will always smile when we think of Corpus Christi. Thank you for being Christ to us.