WOW! Thank you for the great Surprise 70th Birthday Party you gave me! So many of you worked hard to pull it off -- and succeeded beautifully. Thank you for the presence of so many of you in the gym last Sunday and for inviting Father Eichhoff to entertain us, which indeed he did. I loved the balloon miter and crosier, and the many, many cards and gifts. The beautiful fountain pen is working very well, and I hope in coming days (though realistically, perhaps weeks) to use it to sign the many thank-you notes I want to write. I am honored to be your pastor; and, with the bishop's permission, and God willing, I hope to remain so for several more years.