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Ever since I was little, saying good bye has been a real struggle for me.  I have a poignant memory from when I was about 10 years old.  My cousins visited from the East Coast and after two weeks of some of the most fun I had ever had, one Sunday after Mass they all loaded up their van and headed home.  For the rest of the day I felt more blue than I ever had before.  

This time around, saying good bye is not getting any easier.  I came to Marshfield in 2011 and it wasn't long before I realized how happy I was serving this community.  Columbus has always been a big part of that.  While I dread the sorrow that comes with parting, I'd like to end with a quote from Leon Bloy that redeems the sadness just a bit:  "The only real sadness, the only real failure, the only great tragedy in life, is not to be a saint."  So let's become saints so we'll never have to be sad again!

Editor's Note:  Father Sam Martin was a big part of St. John's Primary School for over ten years and was Dean of Columbus Catholic Schools for one year.  He has been reassigned to Holy Name Parish in Wausau.  His last day in Marshfield was July 1, 2019.