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The Offices are closed Wednesday, November 25 at 5pm and will reopen Monday, November 30 at 8:30 am. Our Thanksgiving Mass is Thursday at 9am and we would love for you to join us! HAPPY THANKSGIVING from all of us at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish!
To my IHM parish family November 15, 2015
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ
It was on October 6th during my annual physical that my primary care physician discovered an irregularity in my heartbeat. No symptoms of a heart problem had been recognized prior to that day. I was physically fit, exercising regularly and maintaining a heart friendly diet.
Tests followed over the next few weeks. A local cardiologist performed a heart catherization and discovered three blockages in the arteries. Because of their location he could not insert stents to open up the arteries for better blood flow.
On Monday November 3rd, I underwent open-heart coronary bypass surgery.
By the grace of God and many prayers, the surgery went very well. Five days after surgery, I was released into transitional rehab. The medical assessment at the rehab center confirmed what my cardiologist had indicated privately to me. “ Father you won’t be there very long. Two days later I was sent home.
My recovery at home will take a little time. The chest has to heal from the trauma of surgery. I have some lifting and movement limitations as well
One of the benefits of being at home is the ability to celebrate Mass on a daily basis. This will build up my physical stamina and hopefully speed up my return to celebrate Mass with you.
My in-home needs are being met by my six loving sisters, along with some parish support as well. My sisters are like mother hens. They visit me daily on a rotation basis. They make sure I follow the healing protocol, and get to my follow-up appointments. I am blessed.
While I have already scheduled some time each day for light administrative work, based on my cardiologist’s assessment, I hope to be able to resume regular pastoral and administrative duties in early December. This of course will depend on my response to the cardiac rehab set up by my surgeon. I will keep you posted on my progress. I am anxious to celebrate Mass with you again.
Thank you for your prayers and for the wonderful uplifting cards, notes and the gifts for Catholic education through the Fr. John tuition assistance fund which has helped so many over the years.
Gratefully in Christ.
Each Friday we will be posting the Alpha Course Talk from this past week. Enjoy!