This week, things are finally starting to get going with my upcoming move. Over the last week, I had 3 different Parish Council meetings: ours here, as well as St. John’s and St. Pat’s. Although I’m sad to be leaving all of you, I’d like to remind everyone just how lucky you all are to be able to continue to have a priest who is only serving in one parish. I hope that’s able to continue for as long as possible. In my new assignment we’re already doing a mass times survey because as the schedule currently stands, I’m not able to say all of the masses, as they schedule at the two parishes conflict. So far, people have been very understanding, but these things are always difficult.
I’d also like to thank in a special way, the crew who helped out this week changing light bulbs. When you take a look at the sanctuary at the main church and all of the lights in the chapel, you might notice a bit of a difference. It’s a job that we’ve been meaning to do for quite a while, but I’m glad it’s mostly completed. It’s so nice to see everything bright and clean in our buildings. It’s also good to see people beginning to step up and make things happen. Thank you to everyone who’s helped with various things over the last two years. Please continue to do so with Fr. Mark!
Please also keep in your prayers the family of Mike Kordish who passed away this week. From what I understand Mike spent many years working for the parish before I came. Please also pray for the family of David Campbell. David had asked and was received into the Church as a Catholic just a few weeks ago. We just received word this week that he passed away.
A few people have been asking about having a gathering before I leave. My last weekend here will be June 26th-27th. So on Sunday the 27th, we’re going to have a small going away party potluck after the 11am mass. Please bring something to share. Fr. Mark has let me know that he will also be able to be there that day. So it will be both an introduction as well as a going away party.
Finally, this week is our Priest’s Retreat. Since I’m sure things will be very chaotic when I arrive at the new places, it’s good that the retreat fell now, before we the change. I’ll be away from Sunday evening through Thursday. All of the mass intentions for the week will be said while I’m on retreat. Sue will still be in the office as normal.
Please know that you are all now and will continue to be in my prayers.
Father Matthew Baum is the Parish Administrator at Prince of Peace Church in Northern Cambria, PA.
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