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An Open Letter From Father Eddie

Fr. Eddie

Happy Easter!

As most of you know, I am moving to Saint Felicitas Church in San Leandro to take my second assignment there as a parish vicar. The new appointment was effective last April 1st but it took me extra weeks to have the courage to leave this beautiful church and the wonderful people here in Pinole. I am grateful to Father John Direen, our pastor and Father Peter Son Vo, for allowing me to stay for a little while. I cannot leave without bidding you all farewell. I wanted to take this opportunity to express my deepest thanks and sincerest appreciation to all of you as I move on to my next assignment in priestly ministry. At the same time, I would like also to say how sorry I am for all those moments that I did my mistakes and may have hurt anyone of you due to my failures and weaknesses. “I am truly sorry…”

If I could just write a letter just filled with the words “thank you” over and over, I believe that I would never be able to write enough of them to truly express how I feel about the time I spent here serving as a parish vicar. In the past four years that I have been at Saint Joseph Church, I have learned tremendously. If not for your constant support and encouragement, love and prayers, I would not have been able to grow in my life as a priest. I have gained a lot of knowledge serving all of you and I shall always cherish all this as one of the most satisfying and grace-filled phases in my ministry.

The past four years I was with you were truly enriching. It was a chapter in my life where there were hopes and despairs, joys and pains. Yet all of you were there for me and I truly felt that I have never been alone. You were all good to me and to my family. Your kindness and generosity had helped me and my family to rise up after the calamities we had in the past. My house in Bohol and the fish pen there are concrete testaments of your tremendous love and benevolence. I did my share in rising up from all the trials in my life but it makes everything easier knowing that all of you are always there at my side. My gratitude to all of you will last forever.

The time has come for me to move on to conquer new battles and scale new heights but I will not forget this church and all of you here whom I have learned to love. There is more work to do in the vineyard of the Lord and so it is always a marching order from Christ as He said in the gospel of Matthew of The Great Commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

As I continue my journey of life, Saint Joseph Church and all the people here will always be a part of me. I am glad that this place was my first assignment after being ordained on May 14, 2011 and this place will always be home. In a little while, I may not see you in the same way that you may not see me but the memories we had will keep us connected and remembered.

Thanks for all those people whom I had worked closely in my time here at Saint Joseph Church, Father Paul, Father Mark, Father John and Father Peter and of course my Godfather, Father Richard and my Great Tatay and Lolo, Msgr. Fred Bitanga. Thank you to all the office staff and volunteers who were of great help in fulfilling my ministry. Thank you to Sister Celine and her companions who have been so diligent in opening the church and preparing for the mass. You are all welcome to do the same at Saint Felicitas…J Thank you also to all the groups, organizations and ministries like the YLI whose brownies and sweets I will surely miss, the Knights of Columbus who gave my ever sharp-edged sword and had me dressed one time like King Arthur. Kidding aside, I am so thankful for all your love and welcoming me into your groups and treating me as your own even if my accent tells that I am a total stranger. Thank you also to San Lorenzo Ruiz Society whom I was an interim coordinator for the last four years. I will surely miss our meetings which gave us a good excuse to eat a lot…J I will surely miss all your motherly love and support. Thank you also to all the choir groups, lectors, Eucharistic ministers, altar servers, ushers, environment volunteers and hospitality groups who made my every mass here a wonderful experience of God’s presence (It will not be easy to have no coffee and no dough nuts after Sunday masses).Thank you to all the faculty and staff of Saint Joseph Catholic School and all students for having me a part also of your journey. Thank you to all my foster families here, my Nanays and Tatays, my Uncles and Aunties, whose names are so many that this space here may not be enough if I mention all. Each of you know that you will be always a friend and a family to me.

Realizing that I will be away from you after now creates an emptiness in my heart. It will be difficult to fill the void created by your absence here. I am really going to miss you all! My hope is that we retain this friendship even after I have moved out. Tomorrow will be a new day without you but our memories would always be my strengths.

Saying goodbye at the end of one particular journey is not what matters in this life. It's the memories that fill the heart. I am very much happy of all the times I have spent with you. Whenever I need to smile I know I can look back to them and say to myself, “I gave my best. It may not be enough but what matters is that I tried…” 

Personally, I have shared a special bonding with all of you and I shall take away with me all the cherished memories of our times together. I look forward to any of you visiting me in Saint Felicitas Church at San Leandro and if there is anything I can do for you from there, please do let me know. The address there is 1604 Manor Blvd, San Leandro, CA 94579. 

I shall keep you posted once I get settled in the new place and I hope we will continue to communicate and treasure our friendships. 

I pray to our loving God to each and every one of you all the very best in all your future endeavors as a parish of Saint Joseph with your priests, Father John and Father Peter. 

Bidding you goodbye with the hope to see you sooner… J God bless you all!


Love and Prayers,

Father Eddie Solis Castanas


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