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Dear Parishioners, sons and daughters in Christ,
After much prayer and conversation, I have come to the decision that after Sunday August 30, we will no longer be offering a Mass at 11am in the CEC. There are many reasons behind this decision, and after sharing them with the Parish Council and a number of regular attendees – I, along with Father Peter, are very supported in this decision. Thank you for your prayerful understanding and adjustment.
The main reason for this change is that the current weekend Mass load is not healthy for two priests, particularly, for a newly ordained priest and a still young-and-learning pastor (me). We have eight Sunday liturgies each weekend in four different locations. Fr. Wittman’s retirement also coincided with the re- retirement of Fr. Jim Schoenberger. Fr. Schoenberger was still taking a Mass each weekend for us, but for health reasons informed us that he no longer could. As a result, Fr. Peter and I have been each taking four Masses each weekend, which is already beyond the recommended norm. In addition, we frequently have one or even two other Masses on Saturday morning and afternoon for weddings, quinceaneras, funerals, etc. To add some perspective… (Read More Here)