From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for March 18, 2018
Guest Priest During Lent
Please welcome Father Ken Marlovits as celebrant for this Saturday’s 5 p.m. Mass.
Father Ken and I were in the seminary together, and he remains a good friend to this day. He was ordained a priest in June 2014 and is currently the administrator of St. Maurice Parish in Forest Hills. In his “previous life”, he was a high school teacher, coach, and vice principal.
I will be celebrating the 5 p.m. Mass this Saturday at St. Maurice — where I served as a deacon — and speaking at an adult education venue after Mass.
On Mission Update
As promised, and as it has been communicated regularly for the past number of months, here is an On Mission update.:
- On Thursday, April 26, Bishop Zubik will announce to the clergy what their new assignments will be.
- On Saturday, April 28, Bishop Zubik’s decisions will be disclosed during all of the Vigil Masses across the diocese regarding the parish groupings (for us, it is with St. Alexis), the clergy assigned to those parishes, and the number of weekend Masses in each grouping.
- In the following weeks, the new confession and Mass schedule for weekdays and weekends will be decided upon by the new clergy teams of each parish grouping, in consultation with the outgoing clergy members.
- The new confession and Mass schedule for each parish grouping will be finalized and disclosed to the public by mid-August. The new schedule will go into effect on Monday, Oct. 15.
- Religious education programs will begin in September, as they have historically, and any scheduling day and/or time adjustments will be made in accord with the Mass schedule changes in October.
- The community will be asked for input on the new confession and Mass schedule after six months (April 15, 2019). After the input is collected and evaluated, the clergy teams will consult with their finance and pastoral councils to decide if confession and/or Mass times need to be amended.
No parishes or church buildings will close on Oct. 15, 2018.
The new clergy teams at each parish grouping will have time to get to know their staffs, schools, and communities; and to assess building conditions and usage. Particular to the St. Alphonsus/St. Alexis grouping, the clergy team will most likely have up to three years to “officially” merge the two parishes into one. Only time will tell what each merged parish will “look like”. Even after our parishes are officially merged, it will take time to further develop and grow as members of the Body of Christ in this part of the world.
Please continue to keep the On Mission initiative in your prayers, and to be patient and understanding in whatever decisions are made. It is all done to strengthen the faithful of our diocese and to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ — for the greater glory of God!
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Kevin C. Fazio