Many of these parishioners encouraged us to join when they found we were looking for a parish.
Once we joined the parish, my husband and I attended Mass every week and sat in the same pew each Sunday. We often were greeted with a hug and welcomed by the same people who had suggested we join in the first place. However, after the first year, we experienced several changes, including declining health and the need for my husband to move into an assisted living home. My husband continued to come to Mass with me but during a period of time, illness prevented him from attending Mass.