From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for June 3, 2018
On Mission Transition Update
As you can imagine, this time of transition is an extremely busy one for the priests and the deacons in our diocese as we continue to serve at our current parishes while also getting ready to serve at a new parish grouping in the fall.
I have already met with the current clergy members in Butler, along with the future clergy team members who will be working with me in Butler beginning October 15. I also submitted my letter of resignation as board president of the North Hills Regional Catholic Elementary Schools to Bishop Zubik, effective July 1.
In addition, I have met with Father Zywan to discuss the interim Mass and confession schedule for the St. Alphonsus/St. Alexis parish grouping. Father Zywan is to meet with his clergy team – which includes Father Joe Freedy, and Deacons Al Heiles and Jeff Ludwikowski – to further discuss the schedule, amongst other things. It then will be submitted to our regional vicar, Father Phil Farrell, for review and approval.
This schedule then goes to diocesan personnel for final approval. The interim Mass and confession schedules for all parish groupings will be published by August 31, and will go into effect on October 15.
All priests and deacons from our diocese will gather on June 11 and 12 at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton to begin discussing and learning about the best practices to enter into during this time of transition. We pray for everyone to be understanding, patient, and flexible with these changes.
One thing is certain – there will be a lot of changes throughout our entire diocese before the On Mission implementation “dust” settles. The St. Alphonsus/St. Alexis grouping has three years to become one parish, which means: One pastor, one religious education program, one pastoral council, one financial council, etc.
Please be patient and pray for us, as our lives will be in flux for quite some time. At the same time, we are praying for you as you may feel your worship lives are in flux too as you wait to see exactly what this new grouping of parishes will mean.
Until then, I continue to do my best to lead you during the next four months, appreciating my time spent here!
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Kevin C. Fazio