Letter from the Pastor
Dearest Friends in Christ,
This is my last weekend among you until Labor Day weekend due to my mission received by the bishop to go to Mexico in order to become more fluent in Spanish. Because of this necessary work that I am about to embark on, I have been busy planning and preparing things so that upon my return the parish will be running smoothly as I have full confidence it will.
The first matter is regarding CCD. As some may know, Mary Byrd asked me if I would let her stepped down after 3 years of serving as the Director of Religious Education. I had asked Mary to give me 1 year and she gave me 3 years in this role. I cannot express how grateful I am for all Mary has done for our CCD program over the past 3 years. With this in mind, I have asked Jacqueline Beals to be our new Director of Religious Education with JaNay Windmoller continuing in the role of Assistant Director of Religious Education. Francisco will continue as Director of Religious Education for our Spanish Program. The three of them will begin CCD registration on the weekend of August 20-21. CCD Classes this year will begin on September 11 with an abbreviated class so that our catechists can have a meeting afterwards. CCD registration will be closed the last weekend of September.
The second matter is our quickly approaching Parish Picnic on September 18 at 1pm. There is an organizing committee already forming and those on it have been working busily to make this parish event as wonderful and fun as we’ve experienced in the previous years. If any of you receive a call to help, please consider doing so. Thank you. Also if you do not want to wait for a possible phone call, then step up and volunteer by contacting Melissa Moore at MELISSAJOHOLTON@GMAIL.COM OR Chrisann Krohn at CRKROHN1@HOTMAIL.COM or (810) 357-9214.
The third matter pertains to our weekend Mass schedule. After much prayer, discernment, many conversations with various leaders of our community, I have decided to make a couple of changes to our weekend Mass schedule. This will be the new Mass schedule starting the weekend of September 10-11, 2016: Saturday 4:15-4:45pm Confessions, 5pm English Mass at ODS; Sunday 7am English Mass at St. Ann, 9am English Mass at ODS, 11:30am-12pm Spanish Confessions, 12pm Spanish Mass at ODS. The reasons for these changes are multiple. Over the years, I have had too many requests to have parish events, dinners, weddings, quinceaneras, and fundraisers on Saturday evenings, but the 7pm Spanish Mass has either prevented any of these from happening or caused me to find coverage so that I could preside at a wedding. Secondarily, I have too often been unable to be present for our ODS CCD programs in English and Spanish. It is my hope that these changes will make this a possibility. Lastly, according to the teaching of the Church, it is encouraged to have Mass on a Sunday versus a Saturday evening. While the Church gives permission for vigil Masses, it is still preferred to have Mass on Sunday which will now be possible for our Hispanic community. Again these changes will be effective on September 10-11. Until then, the Mass at St. Ann will remain at 11:15am. Thank you in advance for understanding these changes.
Pax et bonum,
Fr. Justin R. Ferguson