Many Thanks . .

Many thanks to you for the warm welcome in my first couple of weeks here at Our Lady of the Valley since my arrival on June 27. Your kindness and hospitality are most appreciated.
As I get to serve all of you, there will be many graced moments as I strive to bring you closer in relationship to the Lord through the sacraments and other opportunities in service to
the Lord and you. I look forward to many years as the instrument that will lead you to Christ the Good Shepherd. After all, our lives must have Christ as the center so that we may grow with Him
who laid down His life for us and gives of Himself to us especially in the Most Blessed Eucharist.

In the next few months, we will get to know each other, and we will grow together through, with, and in Our Lord.

Just a heads-up, next Sunday on July 21 at the 11:15 AM Mass, Bishop Burbidge will be the celebrant of a special Mass for the Installation of a Pastor followed by a reception. And so, we
look forward to the shepherd of the Diocese of Arlington coming to the Shenandoah Valley to visit our parish.

Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Perez