Important On Mission Reminders. Beginning on October 15, 2018, the new clergy team will begin its assignment in our announced grouping which includes Good Shepherd, Word of God and Madonna del Castello. The new administrator for all four parishes will be Fr. Larry Adams. He will be assisted by Fr. Jeremy Mohler and a parish chaplain, Fr. Vince Kolo, as well as deacons Joe Dougherty and Keith Kondrich (Fr. Daniel will remain in residence, too). Our parish grouping has been designated a category B grouping which means that there will be a three-year time frame for the grouping to transition into a new parish. On October 15 of this year no parish will close (in fact, all 188 parishes of the diocese will continue to exist). However, new daily and weekend Mass schedules will go into effect beginning on October 15. Those schedules have not yet been decided. For our grouping, the maximum number of Sunday Masses (which includes Saturday night) is nine (9). Currently, our four parishes offer eleven (11) Sunday Masses. Each parish must have at least one Sunday Mass (this is parish and not church building—remember that Good Shepherd has two church buildings). The new Mass schedule, when announced, will be a tentative schedule. A period of time will be set aside to determine if the Mass scheduled works or if some adjustments need to be made. Every effort will be put forth to properly and appropriately receive the input of our parishioners as the implementation of On Mission moves forward. I will do my best to keep you all well informed on the process.
Eucharistic Adoration in Every Parish: As part of the implementation stage of On Mission there will be Eucharist adoration in the diocese from April 17 until October 14. Each parish will host an adoration as a time to pray for their grouping and for a successful transition. Adoration dates and times for our grouping are: July 2 from Noon to 6:00 PM at Madonna del Castello; July 10 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Word of God; August 30 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Sacred Heart Church of Good Shepherd Parish; and on our Feast Day, September 22, from 9:30 AM to 4:45 PM at Saint Maurice. For a complete listing of adoration places and times see the bulletin board by the Welcome Desk or check the diocesan website.
July 25 Special Speaker dealing with Forgiveness will be at Saint Maurice: Forgiveness is something that is hard to understand, to offer to others and, most especially, to give to ourselves. I have often been asked to do more about forgiveness within the parish. I am happy to say that our parish family will be able to have a truly remarkable opportunity to better understand forgiveness. On July 25, Saint Maurice will be hosting internationally known speaker Captain Guy Gruters. Guy was an Air Force pilot and a POW. As a result of being shot down over North Vietnam he was captured and spent five years as a POW in six different POW camps, twice kept in the famous Hanoi Hilton. While in the camps, he experienced a thorough conversion experience and was able to forgive his enemy. You may have seen Guy on EWTN where he has appeared on three separate occasions. He brings to us a powerful and much needed message. Mark your calendar for July 25. This will be a talk you definitely do not want to miss.