News, Pastors E-Note

Pastor’s E-Note August 19, 2018

We had a wonderful parish Mass and picnic at Lincoln Park last Sunday, with over 80 people attending. We are grateful to Msgr. Leo McCarthy for concelebrating the Mass and to Sr. Lucette and others who helped organize it and participate in it.

     Please welcome Carolyn Prefontaine as our parish new Youth Ministry Faith Formation Coordinator for grades 5-11.  All parents and anyone interested are welcome to come to the Faith Formation information night to be held on Monday, Sept. 10th at 6:30 pm at Father Cotter Hall.

I am pleased to inform you that the Upon This Rock (UTR) office has sent our parish a disbursement check of $17,842.01 on July 31 as the designated portion of our parish generated UTR pledges fulfillment cash donations so far.  This is in addition to the previous UTR disbursement check we received in the amount of $53,713.24 in January 2018.  The money is being used to fulfill the several promised parish maintenance projects.  Thank you to all the UTR donors and as we will continue to receive disbursement checks in the future in the amounts reflecting the portion of the total cash sent to the UTR as pledges are being fulfilled.

     Parish Pictorial Directories can be picked up after Sunday Masses or at the parish office by participating families, one free book per family.

Earlier in 2018, our Bishop asked each vicariate and parish in the diocese to collaboratively examine their church seating  capacity and Sunday Mass attendance.  It was done in order to plan for a wide regional effort to adjust the current Mass schedules in all parishes to improve on low attended liturgies, the timing, and address the dwindling number of active priests able to celebrate the Sunday Mass.  Our church and chapel seating has been calculated at 576 total, but actual Mass attendance is far below that number. The 9:00 am and 11:00 am Sunday Masses are currently filled at about only 20% each at best.

Upon an extensive discussion and consultation with the    Parish Pastoral Council and their full and unanimous recommendation, as well with the support of other parish groups, anticipating adjustments to number of Masses at other parishes later in the year, we will merge the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses into one Mass at 10:00 am on  Sunday, September 9, 2018, after Labor Day.  The Saturday 4:00 PM and the Sunday 7:30 AM Masses will  remain unchanged.

This adjustment will allow enrichment in the  quality of liturgy, greater, wholehearted participation, the availability of having a monthly Family Mass with time to have additional parish activities and Parish Faith Formation for adults and younger students.  Doing it at the beginning of the school year rather than in the middle of it should also prevent any major disruption of family schedules.

Thank you in advance for your support and willingness to make the necessary adjustments in your choice of a weekend Mass.  May we continue to grow as a parish community and  support one another in word and deed.

Fr. Matt