As you are aware, with Fr. Greg assigned to another parish we have been working as best we can to fill in the times when I cannot be here to serve our community. We have been blessed to have had the assistance of priests from the local community and parishes who have been able to fill in for me during my days off as well as having Deacon Escalona celebrate Communion Services during the week. I did not want to make any changes too quickly during the school year and I also wanted to contemplate what course(s) of action I would take in the longer term.
I consulted with the Parish Council, and together we have decided that the best course of action is to discontinue the weekday Masses on Wednesday and Thursday during the summer months. I do realize that this may seem to be a drastic measure, but as we cannot always guarantee coverage during my time away from the Church it is a disservice to you, our Church family to not have a definite plan in place. This is a reflection of the reality that there are not enough priests to adequate serve at all times in our Diocese and indeed across our state and nation.
It is my intention to have weekday Masses during the school year when the students have returned, so this is only a short term measure.
I sincerely appreciate your understanding and if you should have any questions regarding this please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to discuss it with you.
Fr. John and the Pastoral Council