FR. BILL'S HOMILY:CATHOLIC SHARING APPEAL
My first two years of priesthood were spent at Saint Francis de Sales Parish, Beckley. I was the associate pastor with the inimitable Fr. (now Msgr) Samuel S. Sacus. I would describe his homilies as exercises in "shock and awe." No one in the congregation ever knew what to expect from his homilies. On the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday, Fr. Sam did not disappoint. He began his homily with these loudly-spoken words, "If I had my way, I'd tear this page out of the bible!" He said he felt uncomfortable as a good shepherd because he couldn't remember the names of the parishioners. In reality, in his 17 years as their pastor, Fr. Sam has been a truly excellent shepherd. He is a strong spiritual rock for his parishioners and the faith community has accomplished many wonderful things.