Pastoral Letter

My Dear Parishioners,

The new year of 2019 will be upon us in just a few weeks, it is necessary, therefore, that we prepare for the new year in our parish.  As you know, for most of the past fifty years OLGC has been blessed to have three priests on the full-time staff to serve our people.  There were also times when our parish had a fourth priest in residence and other priests from high school ministry to celebrate Mass on Sundays. Sadly, the circumstances have changed significantly.  I am now your only priest on staff.  As you know, Father Kilgallon retired this past June, and anything he does for OLGC is done voluntarily out of his own generosity and according to his availability.  Due to the circumstances of our Archdiocese, we cannot presume that another priest will be assigned to us.  I fully intend and desire that, if God wills, I will serve as your pastor for many years to come.  You have expressed and shown that I have your support, and for that, I am very grateful.  However, for me to sustain a consistent level of service to you, a few changes to our schedule will need to take place.

Beginning January 2, 2019, we will have a new schedule for Mass and Confessions on the weekends and for Mass on Holy Days of Obligation.  Considering our circumstances, these changes are relatively minimal and will affect the smallest number of parishioners possible.  The schedule will be as follows:

NEW MASS and CONFESSION SCHEDULE

Effective: January 2, 2019

SATURDAYS

8:00 AM Mass

8:30 AM Confessions until 9:30 AM **

** This will be the only scheduled time for Confessions,  however, Confessions are always available by appointment.

4:30 PM Vigil Mass

SUNDAYS

8:00 AM Mass (This Mass will not have music)

10:00 AM Mass

12:00 PM Mass

HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION

(unless noted otherwise in the bulletin)

7:00 PM Vigil Mass

6:30 AM

10:00 AM

12:00 PM

I made every effort to maintain the current schedule as much as possible, and I thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

I believe that 2019 will be a great year for our parish.  Your dedication to and support for your parish are a constant source of confidence to me.  We have every reason to trust in the future, because God is already there.

God bless you,

Reverend Robert G. Suskey

Pastor