April 21, 2018

Announcement Weekend for On Mission for the Church Alive! This week is going to be a very busy, and may I add stressful, time  concerning On Mission for the Church Alive!. So, even before I outline what will be happening, let me begin with a very sincere and important request. Please pray every day of this week for our diocese, Bishop Zubik, all the clergy (Deacons and Priests) and all the staff.

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday the Bishop will be holding meetings with clergy teams for each of the new groupings. This will be the first time the clergy teams are together and have the opportunity to speak to one another and acknowledge their new assignments.

On Thursday there will be the Clergy Convocation focused entirely on On Mission announcements. On that day, following a period of prayer and Eucharistic Adoration, the clergy will see the final groupings along with the respected clergy assignments. It is at that time that the clergy will learn the big picture of who is assigned where throughout the diocese (up until that point all the clergy will know is where, and with whom, they are assigned). The information shared at the convocation will not be made public until Saturday.

At the convocation the clergy will receive a letter to be read at all weekend Masses. This letter will announce the grouping and assigned clergy―which will take effect on October 15, 2018. If it is relevant, the announcement will also be made as to where currently assigned clergy will be newly assigned. At the convocation, an informational sheet specific to each clergy’s current grouping will also be distributed and will be placed in the bulletin the weekend of May 5/6 and be mailed to each parishioner.*

Friday will be a day of prayer and processing for the clergy. Remember to pray for us!

On Saturday Bishop Zubik will hold a press conference at 4:00 PM to share information with the media about the On Mission assignments. After this press conference all information concerning On Mission will be available to the public.

That evening I will share with all of you (who attend the 5:00 PM Mass) the letter I receive at the convocation. I will read this letter at the end of Mass just prior to the final dismissal.

On Sunday I will follow the same procedure as I will use for the Saturday night Mass. So, immediately prior to the final dismissal I will read the letter notifying us of the grouping and pertinent clergy assignments.

I do ask this favor of you. Please do not ask me questions about the grouping or my assignment prior to the conclusion of the Saturday 5:00 PM Mass. I wish to honor the Bishop’s request for this information to remain confidential and I would like to be as focused as possible for the celebration of that Mass (which will be hard enough without having already begun the On Mission assignment discussions).

*If you do not receive this letter it is a very good indication that you did not have your parish census updated last year and you should contact the Parish Center Office to update your census and make your record active within the computer system.

April 15, 2018

Fish Fry people, to you I say Thanks! As I know you all can imagine, it takes a great effort to host the fish fry. I have so much admiration for all the workers who dedicated so much time to making this not only a successful fundraiser but also a pleasant experience for everyone who attended. The food was great, the volunteers even better. Yet, once again, I know that I cannot thank by name everyone who was instrumental in helping with the fish fry. Know that I remember you in my prayers and am deeply thankful for all you do. I am sure that the entire East Catholic School community is also deeply thankful for your time and effort in supporting the school via this fundraiser. Thank you, thank you and thank you!

I need to say thank you to another large group: To all of you who sent me cards, gifts, food, and prayers this Easter, please know of my appreciation for your gifts and kindness. My greatest pleasure is truly found in my attempt to bring to you the best liturgies possible; however, I also greatly benefit from your wonderful acts of kindness and thoughtfulness. Thank you! I know that God will reward you richly due to the kindness you have shown to me, one of his priests.

Spring Cleanup day: As I write this, the weather man is predicting temperatures in the 70’s for when you read this. Let’s hope for two great weekends in a row! Our spring cleanup is going to be a casual come-if-and-when-you can day. Saturday, April 21, will be the day we tackle the grounds. Our main goals are to pick up trash, clean up fallen branches and such, prep flower beds and “garden” areas, and continue some work on the rectory hillside and around the outdoor stations. We also have an aggressive goal―to reclaim some of the top parking lot. In order to accomplish that, we will have a chipper in the upper lot and would love to have a few adults come out with chainsaws to clean up some of the smaller nuisance brush. If you can help in that way, please contact me and let me know.  Of course, everyone is welcome to come out and help in any way. We can use the method of if it looks like it needs to be cleaned, go ahead and clean it! As I said at Mass last week, if you cannot help in the cleanup, please pray for good weather!

Confirmation: Please remember to pray for all of those being confirmed on Monday the 16th. May the Holy Spirit enliven their faith and inspire them to become fully active members of our Church.

Our Next Becoming Confidently Catholic: April 21 at 6:30 PM. Our guest speaker will talk about what the young adults are seeking from the Church. This should be a great way to learn how to make that first level of connection with the generation that is either going to fall completely away from the faith or radically energize it.

Top of Page