We are new to you. Myself as your Pastor, Father Labib Kobti,
and the parochial vicar, Fr. Francis Tiso. You are also new to
us. We have left our beloved family-communities responding to
the call of our Archbishop, William Levada to serve and love
Beloved Father Jerome Foley, who has served you for six
years, has left you for his new mission, St. James. With you
all, we are grateful for the hard work that Dear father Foley
has accomplished at St. Thomas More. He worked hard to bring
back the church, the rectory and many ministries and activities.
We never lose a priest when the superiors decide to send him
to another mission. A priest always extends his apostolate to
different places serving the same one Lord of all. I came from
the Middle East, Fr. Francis came from New-York and then from
Italy. A priest’s mission is the world.
On this Sunday of the Year, Jesus speaks about “my yoke”
which means burden. “Take my yoke upon you, He says, and learn
from me”. He suggests that there are other “burdens”, yours,
his, her, ours. When at the same time, in many other places in
the Gospel, He identifies himself with the “little ones”, like
of the reading of last Sunday.
We are coming as your priests to share with you the burden of
Jesus, your burden and ours and try to do all our best to find
how we can, as a family become “meek and humble of heart” so as
”to find rest in Jesus” as we will try to discover during the
years that we will be serving you the meaning of: ‘My yoke is
easy, and my burden light”.
Please help us to serve you for the best. Tell us what you
expect from us so as to be real pastors to you all.
Please start by praying for us.
Father Labib Kobti, Pastor