Thoughts from Fr. Matt Frisbee…..
Five years flies by quickly. Five years ago, I was a newly ordained priest, arriving here in Sandusky for my first assignment. I celebrated my first Masses at Holy Angels, St. Mary’s, and Sts. Peter and Paul. Some of my first weddings and baptisms were here; my first funerals were here, and it was here that I anointed the sick and the dying. I’m sure I could continue this list of “firsts,” but with moving to a new assignment, I have transitioned to “lasts:” last Masses, last day, etc. I’m reminded by Jesus’ words in the Book of Revelation when He says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” In the midst of my time here, Jesus Christ has been the constant, from beginning to end, and as we approach an end and a beginning, we’re reminded that our Lord Jesus Christ is always with us and is our hope.
While I am excited for the opportunity to be the pastor of St. Mary of the Snows Parish in Mansfield and Resurrection Parish in Lexington, I’m also sad to leave you. You welcomed me and supported me. You gave me advice and suggestions; you taught me and encouraged me. My waistline also reminds me that you fed me! I apologize to anyone whom I may have hurt or offended, and I ask that you forgive me. I thank all of you for your support, for putting up with my bad jokes and constant references to the Browns, for all of your kindness to me, for everything you’ve done for me. I have been blessed tremendously for having been here, and I thank God for all of you. It has been a great honor and privilege to serve you.
As we celebrate Corpus Christi, we honor and venerate the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. We know that this draws us closer into communion with God, but perhaps we forget that it draws each of us closer to each other. Keeping that in mind, know that we remain united in prayer and united to each other through the Eucharist. I will continue to pray for you, and I ask that you continue to pray for me: you know I need many prayers! God bless you.
Sincerely yours in Christ.