I have the unenviable responsibility of informing you about another change in our Petersburg team. Ashley Holthaus has moved on to a different chapter of her life. We are grateful for the four years she has served our youth and encouraged them to become saints. Please join me in praying for Ashley and her family and for God’s blessings upon them. We wish them well and ask the Lord to guide them.
We will be rearranging a few things in your youth area. Stay tuned to future bulletins for job openings. The dust is starting to settle after merging the offices almost two years ago. With each passing year, we have a better idea how to serve and empower our parishioners and communities.
The next week will be interesting in the Petersburg Parishes. Fr. Jedidiah will be attending a conference during the week and I’ll be on vacation. You may be wondering what will happen at our parishes? A couple months ago I wondered the same thing, and, of course, the Lord provides.
During this week Fr. Aaron Hess will be covering Masses and confessions in the parish. Fr. Hess was ordained May 15, 2021 for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He is a Coldwater High School graduate and on July 1, 2021 begins as the Parochial Vicar at Holy Angels, Sidney and will serve on the faculty at Lehman High School. We are grateful that during these precious six weeks between ordination and beginning his assignment, he has agreed to serve our parishes.
Fr. Jedidiah will be back for Mass and confession next weekend (June 12/13), but I’ll still be with my family. When my grandmother in Memphis passed away in February there was an ice storm and funeral home complications, so she hasn’t been buried. Next weekend I’ll be in Memphis for her committal at the cemetery.
On Friday, June 4th there will be/was a meeting with the priests of the Archdiocese about the Beacons of Light initiative. As a reminder, the Beacons of Light is the Archdiocesan initiative to respond to fewer numbers of practicing Catholics and priests. The Archdiocese is analyzing demographic shifts and completing serious statistical analysis. This analysis will be used to regroup parishes into new “Families of Parishes.”
Unfortunately due to publication deadlines, that information isn’t available yet. Be assured that I will communicate what we learned in next week’s bulletin. I believe that the meeting is supposed to present the priests with the statistical analysis. The rumor is that the consultants compiled a 190 page report analyzing numbers in parishes and demographic data from the US census and other means. Stay tuned for more information.
This is a constant reminder that the Lord is in charge and He is always present to us, His beloved people. Last weekend the Gospel ended with the line, “And Behold, I am with you always until the end of the age.” This weekend we get to experience this promise in the Eucharist as we celebrate Corpus Christi Sunday. The Eucharist is a sure reminder that the Lord is with us. There may be changes in the next few years, yet the Lord will continue to be present to us through the gift of the Most Holy Eucharist.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Sean Wilson