Somme comments posted on Facebook about this and the announcement:
I cannot believe that Joe Hebert is leaving CCOP!!! What an indescribable loss to our parish!!! What is going on at CCOP? Why is everyone leaving?
I can't believe it either and it is a HUGE loss to our parish.
Joe leaving? Please tell me it isn't true! CCOP is renowned within the Oakland diocese for its music.
How many more are we going to lose? Joe has been the glue that keeps the community together.
His departure is such a loss for our parish. His direction of music was core to the celebration of faith.
Has anyone counted up the number of staff (not to mention the number of parishioners?!) who have LEFT in the last 2 1/2 years? And the SPIN that's put on all the exits?? Is everyone completely clueless??
A Great Loss For All Of Us
by Catholic Community of Pleasanton
Joe Hebert, an exceptional Pastoral Minister, professional musician, choir director and teacher, leaves us January 1, 2011.
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After nearly 21 years as Director of Music Ministry at The Catholic Community of Pleasanton, I will be leaving to serve as Music Director at Corpus Christi Parish in Piedmont, California, my home parish.
When I first arrived at CCOP in 1990, I wasn't aware that the St Augustine community would have such a profound impact on my life. I worked part time. As the music ministry and overall community grew, I was faced with the life-changing choice of letting go of who I thought God had called me to be…a cellist, music educator, or possibly a composer? I eventually quit teaching at the University of California Berkeley, began saying no to musical opportunities which connected me so closely to the Bay Area music and educators community, and I focused on a much deeper calling.
CCOP became my "beloved"…all I wanted to do was learn how to love and serve this beautiful Community through my gift of music and pastoral ministry. It was a painful and beautiful awakening which left me vulnerable to asking the same question over and over…"What can I do to serve you?" It is a question I've never stopped asking, although I oftentimes didn't know exactly what God wanted…but the Community showed me that all I had to do was say "yes" as many times as necessary and all would be revealed.
A colleague at a Catholic Music Conference I attend asked me what to do in his struggles with his music ministry. I asked him "Do you love your choir and community?" After insinuating that I asked him a strange question, he said, "I don't know". I said to him that when he knows the answer to my question then he'll know what the struggle is for and what to do about it. I saw him two years later and he triumphantly told me that he loved his community…and all I could say was "AMEN brother, AMEN!"
My baptismal call has been to serve CCOP no matter how much I struggle, no matter the challenges, because God placed me here to love you...and you loved me back. I'll be forever grateful for the support, challenges, joys, tears, friendships, gifted ministers and leadership of this Parish over the years that have helped me define the word "ministry" in my heart, and in sacrifice and action.
At Corpus Christi, from an early age I began playing cello, piano, and string bass as I sang harmonies at Mass. I left in my twenties and am returning to serve them, confident because of the nurturing I've received from CCOP. Please pray for me as I take that nurturing spirit of CCOP with me into a new ministry environment. My parents attend Corpus Christi, so I also have a wonderful opportunity to minister to my parents, an opportunity I value more than I can express.
I hope that the Holy Spirit has guided my gifts to serve CCOP well over the years. After being your Music Ministry Director for over twenty years, I know that you will give to whoever follows me the same abundance of love and support as they do their best to serve you. I have agreed to continue through the end of December so don't say goodbye too soon…you're stuck with me a little longer!