Thursday, June 28, 2018
St. Patrick's has new pastors - GRATEFUL AND EXCITED
Sunday, July 1, 2018 — Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
GRATEFUL AND EXCITED
Fr. Philip and I both began our ordained ministry as deacons here at Saint Patrick Parish. Fr. Philip was ordained to the presbyterate just a week ago, and I was ordained two years ago. We both promised at our respective priesthood ordinations to celebrate the saving mysteries of Christ, to preach the Gospel, and to unite ourselves daily to Christ, the High Priest.
As it was announced at the Masses last weekend, and in this bulletin, we will continue to serve you, but now in different capacities: I will be serving as Administrator of the Parish and Fr. Philip as Associate Pastor. We’re both grateful and excited. Please continue to pray for us, that we may have God’s wisdom!
Pastor and Administrator... what is the difference? Both offices have the same scope of authority in the leadership of the Parish, but the office of Pastor has certain rights, which the office of Administrator does not. For example, the Bishop may remove an Administrator for no reason, whereas in order to remove a Pastor, there is due process that needs to be followed.
I am becoming Administrator rather than Pastor because, customarily, someone who has never been Pastor before begins as Administrator.
I have already spoken with a few of you regarding your ideas as to how to become more of who we are called to be as a Catholic Parish Community. I look forward to having more of these conversations.
In Christ, Fr. Carlos, O.S.A.