Yesterday our Archdiocesan newspaper reported our pastor's retirement.
Our pastor hadn't told anyone in the parish he is retiring, though many of us expect him to this summer since he has been unwell for about half a year. He's been back at the parish and working as much as he's allowed to, but he always concelebrates Mass since he's too weak to do it alone.
His day off was yesterday. I seriously doubt he wanted the parish to find out this way. There's a dinner for the staff at a local restaurant on the 23rd, and I think he intended to announce it to us then. If the report is true, it will be a very interesting Easter Weekend.
Equally interesting to ponder: who will replace him and will I still have a job when my contract is up in June?