Parish News

 Important Note From The Pastor Including Recovery Updates 

November 2, 2018

Dear Friends, 

Thank you for your ongoing thoughts and prayers. I continue to make progress in my recovery and am now working on building my strength. I am very grateful for the scores of cards, prayers and well wishes. I continue to make my deliberate recovery at home but do miss seeing you. May our good God bless and keep you all.

With much love, 
Fr. Brian Cook

 

October 17, 2018 

From Father Cook: 

To My Dear Parish Family, 

My eyes are filled with tears of gratitude as I send you this short note of thanks for your powerful prayers during these past days. The writer, William Blake, once wrote, "We are put on earth for a little space that we might learn to bear the beams of love." Those beams were felt by me and my remarkable surgical team at Wake Forest Baptist, especially when things got more complicated. There was a peace that descended on them and those who trusted and prayed...both in the waiting room and beyond...the Circle of Compassion which is so much a part of the spirit of St. Leo was closed and strengthened. Thank you for continuing to be the "beams of God's love" felt by me and all of those caring for me. Sorry for getting wordy...I'm medicated, after all. :) I am told that my recovery will be deliberate. Please pray for my patience! Your truly wonderful Parish Staff is making sure that your needs are met. I am likewise in their debt for their hard work, both in preparing for this "event" without much notice, and the ways that they have arranged for my care following my discharge Tuesday afternoon. May our Good God bless and keep you all...I carry you in my newly-renovated heart, and continue to beg the kindness of yours for me. 

With much love, 
Fr. Brian Cook 

October 13, 2018 

Father Cook continues to improve and his doctors are very pleased with his progress and recovery. He is up to walking 3 times a day and sitting in a chair for longer stretches of time. He does tire easily but that's to be expected. He is deeply grateful for everyone's continued prayers and "surprised" by all the messages on Facebook. We read some to him each day. Thank you for continuing to respect his privacy - it's important for his recovery. 

October 12, 2018 

Father Cook walked 400 feet this morning to begin his first real day of rehabilitation. His pain is much better and his color is excellent. His doctors continue to be pleased with his recovery and progress. He asked for your continued prayers! 

October 11, 2018 

Thank you for your continued prayers for Father Cook. His doctors are very pleased with his progress but he is still in ICU and experiencing pain. His care has been exceptional but he's living with the reality of the invasive procedure. While Father is grateful for all the offers to visit, he is asking for his privacy while he's in the hospital. Father is aware that you all are praying for him and said, "I can feel them, so keep them coming!" 

October 10, 2018 

Father Cook could use our prayers to help him rest. His surgeon is pleased with his progress today but Father needs our prayers to help alleviate his pain through the night. Thank you all! 

October 10, 2018 

Sincere and heart-felt thanks to Dr. John Reynolds and nurse Claire Marie for staying with us (Mary Beth Young, Sister Larretta Rivera-Williams, and Susan Gooley King) into the early morning hours. Your presence, knowledge (and translation) was comforting and invaluable. Many thanks to Joanne Parcell, too, for your care throughout the day and evening...Mary Beth Young is heading back to the hospital now to see Father Cook. Another update will come shortly. Please continue to pray as Father has a few more hurdles to clear. 

October 9, 2018 

Update: Fr. Cook came out of surgery at 11:00 pm. The bypass was successful and the surgeon is very pleased with the results. We will update again tomorrow. No visitors at this time. Thank you for your continued prayers. 

October 9, 2018

After a long day of delays, Fr. Cook finally went in for surgery around 4:00 pm this afternoon. We will post another update when he is out of surgery. Thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers. 

October 5, 2018 

Dear Friends, 

Following recent symptoms and testing, I will have heart bypass surgery on Tuesday, October 9th, at WFBMC. 

Your parish staff and I have worked to ensure that all of your sacramental needs can be met until I return. My wonderful colleague, Fr. Felix, along with our Deacons and visiting priests will cover Masses, Confessions and all other sacramental celebrations and needs. 

The parish staff will provide updates on my progress. You will be able to access that information on our website. 

Thank you for remembering me, and all those responsible for my care, in your prayers. 

God be with you, 
Fr. Brian Cook