Summer is officially here. In this last week before July, I just wanted to update the parish on a few items.
Firstly, Fr. Lawrence and I have been restructuring our staff in order to meet on a weekly basis as a senior leadership team. The team members are: Melody Dowling (Parish Ministries), Mary-Anne O’Connor (Communications) and Claire Schultz (Operations). This team will be a great help to Fr. Lawrence and myself as we strive to lead with greater focus, vision and intentionality. As we learn how to effectively delegate roles and responsibilities, we will be more freed up to focus on pastoral duties. As we are getting used to this new structure, we will be dissolving the present Parish Council until we can further discern its new role and purpose, at which point it will be brought back.
Special thanks to all who have served with me over these past seven years. Your presence, prayer, advice and input has been invaluable.
I am also sad to be saying goodbye to Marcus, who will be moving on July 4 for his summer break before returning to school in Detroit. It has been wonderful having him with us this past year in our household and at our parish. Let’s make sure we wish him well as he spends his last Masses with us next weekend. Let us keep praying for him as he prepares for Ordination to the Diaconate in 2019, and to the Priesthood in 2020. Who knows, maybe he will eventually come to serve here at St. Maurice Parish, just like Fr. Lawrence.
Yours in Christ,