Friday, June 2, 2017

Farewell, Dear Followers

On Monday, April 13, 2009, I wrote my first blog post here at Gotta Sing Gotta Pray:

"Easter greetings to all. Several of my colleagues here at World Library Publications have been asking me to begin a blog, so here we are. Welcome to Gotta Sing Gotta Pray. Why this title? I firmly believe that in good times and in bad (like the current economic downturn), people simply gotta sing and people simply gotta pray. Turning our hearts to the Lord in prayer and song gives us the kind of hope that only comes from God. And today is one of those days, at least here in Chicago, that is a little difficult to find the energy to sing and pray. It's raining. The temperature is in the low 40's. Spring was supposed to arrive here already, but it has been very tardy. I know that the flowers are just waiting to burst forth from the ground. This is what this Easter Season is really all about. At least in the Northern Hemisphere most of us are still waiting to burst out of the doldrums of the winter months, hoping to be greeted and nourished by warm sunshine--we live in hope!"

And now we come to my last blog post. Once I am settled in my new position at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut, I'll make a decision about beginning a new blog. Whatever it is, it will have a new name. You can come here every now and then and look for news about a new blog. My first day at the new job is June 26. Can't imagine doing any blogging until several weeks after that.

As of today, this blog has received 544,901 visits. I want to thank you for visiting Gotta Sing Gotta Pray. The countries from where most visitors come to this site are (and in this ranked order): United States, South Korea, China, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Armenia, Canada, Germany, Australia, and France.

My heart is heavy today as I prepare for my final round of farewells here at World Library Publications and J.S. Paluch. It is also a heart filled with hope for the adventure upon which I am embarking.

Please say a prayer for me and, again, thank you so much for following this blog. And remember, in those good times and in those bad times, we all gotta sing and we all gotta pray!

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.







10 comments:

ncmtnpadre said...

Thank you for your wonderful blog. It's been a wonderful bright spot in the church stateside.

Joan Frist said...

Good luck in your new chapter of life. I have read your blog for years. I have attended your workshops and have learned so much from you. Thank you for sharing and may God bless you!

Rosie Rundell said...

I am SO going to miss reading Gotta Sing Gotta Pray. You have been my guru for RCIA for so long. May God bless you on your new adventure! The Holy Spirit has called and you have answered! Happy Pentecost!

Tom Kratzenberg said...

Wishing you all God's blessings in the next chapter of your life. I will miss your blog - first thing I look at each day when I get to my office. I enjoyed "traveling" all over the world thru your blog! Enjoyed meeting you at NPM Conventions and WLP workshops. Your next adventure sounds challenging and exciting. God Bless you - and keep on singing and praying!
Peace, Karen - Pittsburgh

Maureen Grisanti Larison said...

Thank you for all that you have written and shared with us over the years, Jerry!Your wisdom remains to nourish our hearts. May God bless you abundantly as you begin this new adventure!

Marion Burke said...

Loved the wisdom you imparted in your blogs and seeing you at the LPM conventions i attended. Your session were the one i chose first. May God bless your new journey as you have blessed so many.

Francine Micklus said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Although only an occasional reader, I WILL miss it. Be wishes in your new endeavor! Who would have thought a DMin in Liturgy would lead to Hospital Work!

Francine Micklus said...

Best wishes in your new endeavor. I shall miss your witticisms. Who knew that a DMin would lead to Hospital Admin :)

Lynda Knoche said...

You have been my RCIA guru ever since my first Forum Beginnings and Beyond workshop in San Antonio a couple of decades ago. You have continued to bless us initiation ministers ever since. Thank you for being such a good servant to the church. I wish to the best in your new adventure.

Marie Quinn said...

Thank you for this blog. It has been informative and helpful and also a place to vent. You will be missed. God be with you on your new path. I know you will enrich those you will work with.
May God hold you in the palm of His hand until we meet again. (paraphrase)