I just wanted to take a moment to thank the staff for all of their hard work over the summer. Summers in the parish are generally a slow down for parish staff. At St. John’s the staff were very busy helping getting the office up and running and working to put into place the programs and processes necessary to help make St. John’s a vibrant community of faith. I am very grateful for their efforts. I am also very grateful for all of you. There has been a great spirit and enthusiasm in our parish.
Just for you information, we are seeing great things in campus ministry throughout the diocese as well. We started new programs at two colleges which have been enthusiastically received. Our Sunday Mass numbers at UMass Dartmouth have been up consistently this year. Good things happening in our local Church!
As you know around the time I was appointed pastor of St. John’s, I was also appointed Diocesan Director of Campus Ministry. It has been busy, but fortunately there is a good staff at both locations and with the help of technology and careful scheduling and planning things seem to be working ok. I have petitioned the Bishop to have a deacon assigned to St. John’s to help with the overall pastoral care of the parish. This will help greatly in some of the tasks that go on in a parish each week.
There has been some inquiry about the devotion of the Divine Mercy. If you are interested in being a part of a team to offer that devotion at St. John’s, please let me know.
Have a great week!