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Pastoral Notice ~ Andres Pastrana

My dear people,
Today I have the sad duty to inform you that our longtime custodian Andres Pastrana succumbed to complications from the COVID-19 virus and died yesterday afternoon. Andres has served on our staff for more than twenty years. After arriving from West Side Campaign Against Hunger, where I came to know him, Andres quickly proved himself to be a faithful and very hardworking man. For a number of years, he served as assistant to the late George Johnson. After George died Andres stepped up and increased his duties without falter or complaint as he became ever more deeply woven into the fabric of our community. He will be deeply missed. 

I ask that you keep Andres, along with his son Daniel Ruiz (who serves as our sexton), Andres’ wife Florencia Azucena Ruiz, and his entire family in your prayers in the days ahead. 
Your rector and priest, 
By your holy Incarnation, by your Cross and Passion by your precious Death and Burial, 
Good Lord, deliver him.
By your glorious Resurrection and Ascension, and by the Coming of the Holy Spirit, 
Good Lord, deliver him.
Into your hands O merciful Savior, we commend your servant, Andres. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. 
May his soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Photo of Andres Pastrana courtesy June Steffensen Hagen.

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