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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I have been privileged to serve as your pastor for almost nine months. Increasingly I appreciate Notre Dame’s past, am getting my arms around its present, and see where the Holy Spirit is directing us in the future. I understand more each day the nature of the love and leadership-challenges the Lord and the church are asking of me.
Notre Dame Parish is at a crucial moment in its history. This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the parish school. On August 14 we will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the parish itself. I view these anniversaries not so much as a celebration of the past but a commitment to our future, especially, that is, to the outreach, evangelization, and ministry to young people and families. And we are at an important moment in the day-to-day life of the parish. For example, it is necessary that I cobble together the fiscal budget—my first as your pastor—for the year that begins July 1 and concludes June 30, 2018. By archdiocesan policy I have to submit a balanced budget to the parish finance council, which in turn must submit a balanced budget to the archbishop. All of this being true, I write to inform you that I have decided to restructure various ministries through which as pastor I endeavor to serve the parish and you.
Effective immediately I am merging the office of liturgy (currently carried out by Deacon Chuck) with that of music, bereavement, and military care packages (currently carried out by Lillian Rotello) and creating one new office of liturgy and music. Deacon Chuck continues his ministry in liturgy for the time being. Even more so I am asking him to focus anew on the recruitment, formation, and scheduling of liturgical ministers and overseeing the ministry of Holy Communion to the sick and homebound. Lillian’s ministries are being discontinued in their current form. I am beginning to search for a director of liturgy and music, hoping to have one in place by June 1. Too I am considering other ways through which to minister to the bereaved and our fellow-parishioners serving in the military.
I am also restructuring the ministry of religious education (currently carried out by Tomas Fuerte) and expanding it into evangelization, outreach, and religious formation. I am also restructuring youth ministry (currently carried out by Ken Sladovnik) and expanding it to serve families (including marriage preparation) and small Christian communities. The restructuring of these two ministries will be effective July 1. Finally, I am working with Deacon Kevin and Deacon Chuck to engage their leadership in the development, strengthening, and carrying out of the social justice and service ministries of the parish, including that of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and other ways in which as a parish we are called to serve the poor, grieving, etc.
Notre Dame’s staff-ministers are dedicated and competent professionals. Each carries out his/her ministry with love and at great sacrifice. Having to restructure these ministries in no way, shape, or form is a commentary on any one of those whose ministries are being restructured or the performance of each’s ministries. This restructuring is necessary in order to meet the pastoral challenges of the future and at the same time balance our budget. I ask your patience in the weeks and months ahead as we engage this process. If you have questions please feel free to contact me and I will answer them to the extent I am able to do so respecting privacy, legality, and private agreements.
Finally, I know you join me in thanking Deacon Chuck, Lillian, Tomas, and Ken for the extraordinary service they have rendered to the parish for many years, even decades, and assuring them of our prayerful support. I ask for your prayers for me in the exercise of shepherding-leadership on your behalf.
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