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Fr. Matthew O'Leary's Weekly Bulletin Column

JUNE 3, 2018


Changes in Parish Life

Mass Times—Saturday Vigil Mass Time Changes for Our Lady of Good Counsel and Holy Disciples

June 2018 sees us change the weekend Mass schedule to allow me to assume responsibility for celebrating all of the weekend Masses at Holy Disciples and Our Lady of Good Counsel.   With OLGC shifting its weekend Mass from Sunday morning to Saturday afternoon at 4:00pm, and HD moving its Saturday Vigil to 6:30pm, both communities are facing big change. 

This scheduling change will be particularly demanding for the people of OLGC, whose parish life has centered around Sunday morning Mass.  It is difficult enough to make an hour-and-half change, let alone a day and time of day.  Many ideas have been offered, and over the summertime we will figure out how to adjust our religious education—faith formation, youth groups, and community life at OLGC. 

Not everyone is going to be able to make this change, but the simple fact is that we need people’s presence at Mass, ministry to serve at Mass and other parts of the mission, and financial support to keep the community viable and healthy.  Let’s all pray, especially for the OLGC community to make this change successfully, and begin a fruitful new phase of our future.

On  personal note, I am looking forward—for the first time in my eight years as  pastor—to being able to be with both of my communities each week at all of our weekend Masses.  It will be good to be able to pray together regularly.

Changes in the Parish Office—Thank you to Coleen Dory and Julie Wals, and Welcome to Jackie Smith and A’Daylia Bontemps

Coleen Dory has offered faithful and loving service to our communities these past 10 years, the most recent 5 as Office Manager.  Coleen has reached the place in life where she can retire and spend more time with her family, enjoy some travelling, and doing something other than working.  Coleen has been a joy to work with—a true colleague in ministry and part of the parish team, and her shoes will be tough to fill.  I am grateful for Coleen’s sharing of her many talents, energetic spirit, and kind heart.

A warm welcome to Jackie Smith, as she succeeds Coleen.  Jackie is a native of Delhi, India, and has served as a US diplomat in Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives.  Jackie and husband Larry joined HD in 2012, and are blessed to have their grown children and families close by.  Jackie has been part of the RCIA, and most recently was a member of our Holy Land Pilgrimage.  Jackie is excited about joining the parish ministry team.

I have enjoyed working with Julie Wals these past four years in Confirmation Preparation for our youth.  Julie has brought her experience working as an RCIA catechist, love of Scripture, and deep spirituality to helping our high school aged parishioners encounter their faith at this formative time in their lives.  Julie has chosen to retire this important role, but I am hoping that she will be able to work with me to revitalize our Friday evening Bible studies, drawn from her experiences on the pilgrimage.

A’Daylia Bontemps will add Confirmation Prep to her successful ministry with our Junior High Youth and RCIA for Teens.  Over these past couple of years A’Daylia has developed an energetic rapport and effective teaching style with our youth.  This will be a great help in working with Confirmation candidates she has known from her youth groups.  I look forward to working with A’Daylia as we form a new Confirmation group later this year.

May God strengthen us as we begin new phases of parish life.

Fr. Matthew O’Leary,
Pastor

 

 

 

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