Seventh Sunday of Easter

Dear Parishioners,

The free-will love offering for Father Casey taken on the last night of his parish mission was $500. If anyone would like to make a donation before we send him the gift, please do so before May 21. Father Wade was given nearly $2,000 five years ago when he preached the mission. None of the money goes directly to the priest as they take a vow of poverty. The gift goes to the Fathers of Mercy and helps in education and training of their priests. Other parish missions charge a fee for the preacher to come. There was no cost to our parish for Father Casey. He also celebrated six Masses while he was here.

I want to thank everyone who attended and planned last Sunday’s 30th anniversary party for me. It was very kind of you and I am most grateful. Thank you for the food, gifts and wine 🙂

As was announced last weekend, the Bishop will be appointing a new pastor for Our Lady of Good Counsel and St. Bernadette in the next several weeks. I have been reassigned and will be working full time at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary as Director of Pastoral Formation and as a spiritual director, formation advisor and professor. Please keep me in your prayers as well as the men I will be teaching. We need good, holy and dedicated priests with pastoral hearts and who are loyal to Holy Mother Church.

I do not know the exact day I must leave nor do I know the day your new pastor arrives. Once we know, it will be made public to everyone. I was blessed to be here for sixteen years and consider all of you family. I want to especially thank St. Bernadette’s Social Committee, the Council of Catholic Women (CCW) from both churches, and most of all, our Knights of Columbus, for all their kindness, generosity, prayers & support.