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Last Tuesday, March 22, 2022, a wide range of emotions were felt. Everyone was ecstatic to see each other again after almost three years of not seeing each other physically due to COVID. Adding to the excitement was the surprise visit of Fr. James McTavish, whose last visit was in December of 2019. That night, he officiated probably his last mass for the community in Cagayan de Oro City prior to his permanent assignment in Rome.
Together with Fr. James were Antonio Miralles and Marisol Diaz, missionary married couple from Spain, who arrived in the Philippines as the new Responsible for the Married Couples Branch. Cagayan de Oro was their second stop since their arrival a few days earlier.
After the celebration of the mass, a casual get-together was held. Dinner comprised of pizza, cakes and home baked desserts. It was simple yet fun-filled especially when Fr. James showcased his Scottish roots with his repertoire of songs on bagpipes.
The night ended with the traditional send-off and welcome words as it was both a despedida and bienvenida, after all!
You will be missed, Fr. James! God bless your efforts in Rome and your future endeavors, wherever the Holy Spirit leads you.
Antonio and Marisol, welcome to the Philippines and to the city of Golden Friendship! We hope you have a fruitful, spirit-filled and memorable stay here.
“For every goodbye, God also provides a hello.” - Donna Gable Hatch
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