June 28, 2015
Dear Fellow Parishioners:
I thought you might appreciate the following words offered by our own Deacon Jim this past weekend; in addition, I hope everyone has taken time to learn about our new shepherd, Archbishop Bernard Hebda.
As some of you may know, Fr. Brian is not able to be with us this weekend because he is serving as the chaplain for a Catholic Engaged Encounter weekend. This is his time to be with over twenty couples as they prepare for the sacrament of marriage. At least two of the couples are from here so it is nice that Fr. Brian can pastor them in this way.
He and I thought we should at least try to answer a few of the many questions that have been raised over the past few weeks concerning our Archdiocese.
First, you will find a letter from our Apostolic Administrator, Archbishop Bernard Hebda in today’s bulletin. It explains what Pope Francis has asked him to do here. Please take the time to read it.
Second, when do we get a new archbishop? And who is he going to be? No one really knows, but Archbishop Hebda suggests that it will take several months. Truly your guess is as good as mine as to who it will be. It could be Archbishop Hebda, but that is not likely.
Third, the resignations of Archbishop Nienstedt and Bishop Piche do not affect the efforts already under way to compensate abuse victims; nor will they affect the criminal and civil charges the Archdiocese faces.
Finally, like Job in today’s First Reading, many of us are asking when this will all be over. That is hard to say, but it would seem that we have started on a new chapter. And even while the current storm rages on, we do have the presence of God here among us. God will lead us to a safe shore where we can become a reborn and better Church.
Deacon Jim DeShane
Two other tidbits
1) A BIG THANK YOU to Dc. Jim for his service as our parish liturgist these past eight months. In addition to his fulltime duties as our Pastoral Care Director and part time duties as our deacon, he stepped forward to assist us through a difficult transition period. Our meaningful Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter seasons were due in a large part to his leadership. Thank you Dc Jim!
2) This weekend we take up the annual Peter’s Pence collection. I encourage everyone to be generous in supporting the good work of Pope Francis.
Summer blessings, Fr. Brian