We are never, ever the same

by Patti Pateros
I remember my first day at Holy Comforter: Monday, January 8. I was extremely nervous (bordering on being physically ill), fearing that I was in over my head. I worked up the nerve to enter the building, and saw yellow sheets of paper taped on the floor and walls leading to, as well as inside, my office. Each one had a different message on it: "Welcome!" "Patti has arrived!" and one on my door that read, "Patti Pateros, Director of Administration." Flowers and a piece of coffee cake were on my desk. I had no idea what this was all about . . . but from that moment on, I knew I wanted to be here.

It surprises me that I, who usually writes newsletter articles that are way too long, am at a loss for words. It's difficult to know what and how to write about all of the events, experiences and people who have had such an incredible impact on my life for the last twelve years, so I'd just like to say thank you...

• for forcing me to dig deep and use skills and talents I never knew I had;

• for allowing me to think out of the box, whether it was a country music liturgy or a hay ride through Kenilworth;

• for making me realize that I actually learned something useful during my 16 years of Catholic schooling;

• for opening my eyes to the needs of others, and working together to make this a better world, locally and globally;

• for trusting me with the youth of the parish - they are my greatest success story;

• for the honor to have known those sweet souls who are gone but will certainly never be forgotten: Bob Lidecker, Dick Joutras, Fran Nichols, and Bonnie Myers, to name a few;

• for those who voluntarily serve the parish, and ultimately made my job so much easier and a lot more fun;

• for the opportunity to have worked with some very talented people, especially my dear friend, Father Myers;

• and, finally, to each one of you who is reading this - no words can express the joy, the gratitude, the love, and the absolute pleasure it has been to be part of this community. You have given me a gift that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

This is all very overwhelming so please forgive me if I have forgotten someone or something. In the liturgy we held for WHAM's graduates in May, I included a quote which acknowledged my relationship with that group of high school students; it seems very appropriate now: "Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same."

So I end this article, and my career at Holy Comforter, simply by saying good bye and thank you.