December 5, 2021
“I pray always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now. I am confidence of this that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:4-5).
As we have started this Advent season of “patiently waiting” in preparation of the Birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ, the church calls us to pray and reflect on our faith in the Son of God. Always being vigilant to recognize and welcome the Lord who comes to us every day, in the ordinary events, places and people in our lives.
This is to inform you that my bishop in Kenya has called me back to the diocese. “IT IS HARD TO SAY GOODBYE”, but the time has come for me to say... “Good-bye”.... I am really grateful to the Archbishop Allen Vigneron and my bishop Salesius, for allowing me to serve in the Archdiocese of Detroit beyond the 5 years that I was supposed finish my studies and go back to Kenya.
Saying goodbye is not easy, but I want to take this opportunity to thank you all, for your love and friendships we have shared here at St. Alphonsus-St Clement parish. I have been humbled as your servant in sharing the word of God and sacraments together for the last seven and half years here in Dearborn. Prior to coming here, I worked in Wyandotte, serving St. Joseph’s, St. Elizabeth, and St. Patrick parishes.
I am grateful for having associate pastors that have worked with me here, Fr. Jim, Fr. Aaron, and Fr. Greg, who have been very helpful to me in serving our parish family. God bless you fathers for your advice and devotedness to the Lord in service to his people.
The parish has been blessed with an incredible and dedicated staff both here and at the Henry Ford Village chapel, who really do all the work behind the scenes and often receive little credit. It is because of their hard work that our parish family has remained vibrant.
I would like to thank in a very special way, the parish pastoral and finance council members, the commission groups, lectors, Eucharistic ministers, Ushers and volunteers for working together so diligently in fostering the unity and growth of our parish and the merger and closure of St. Clement parish. Your counsel has brought us this far in helping the parish unite under the patronage of Saints Alphonsus and Clement.
For all those that I may have forgotten, please feel most appreciated for your prayers, love and support to our parish family. God bless you all.
Fr. Linus Kinyua, Pastor