Parish Information Update
In addition to the parish bulletin and the parish website, there are two additional means of communicating all the good works which you, the PRIMARY RESOURCES of our new parish, are accomplishing. The Twitter account, managed by Ken Lanning, is readily available for our “followers”; simply contact Ken at (215) 485-7906, for information to be communicated via Twitter. We are maintaining Comcast Channel 99, the familiar Community News Channel, for communicating parish information; simply e mail Amanda McClain at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Your Shepherd’s Thoughts” September 21, 2014
I thank everyone who participated in our Opening Mass last Saturday: Father Rudy; Father Sheehan; Deacon John; Hank Wajda; Michael Winstanley; Rachael Sweeney and our Choir; the Altar Servers, who were Caleigh Brogan, Erin and Kelly Moyer, Nicholas Freer and Mary Rose Okwara; Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, who were Marie Kelly and Cecilia Mehaffey; Readers, who were Cherry Del Puerto and Jaime Roth; Ushers and all of you. I thank the Bristol Township Fire Police for traffic control and assistance with pedestrian safety. I thank the members of the Sunday Social Committee for the refreshments after Mass. Remember: our parish has a Social after the 11:30 Mass on every 4th Sunday of the month, and a suggestion is to have more socials. I’m sure we can do that, with more of you helping the cause! I also thank Rich Powell and the Knights of Columbus for sponsoring their Annual Golf Outing; the Knights generously assist our parish with proceeds from fundraisers like the Golf Outing. We have formally begun parish life with Jesus’ blessings; can our new parish possibly fail? The start of PREP is exciting and a true sign of parish life, as today our catechists were formally commissioned for their vitally important ministry. I thank our Director of Religious Education, Jacob Marquart, O.S.F., for coordinating religious education in our parish. So you know: Hank Wajda, Michael Winstanley, and I took a “road trip” yesterday to the Grafton Piano and Organ Showroom in Souderton, to look at a newer organ for our North Campus church. The “Technics” organ is showing its age, and is in need of replacement, for the sake of praising God well. More information will be forthcoming. Next Sunday, Bishop John McIntyre will visit our parish to celebrate Mass with the Latin Rite Indian Community who worships at our South Campus church on the 4th Sunday of each month. Father Rudy and I will concelebrate with Bishop McIntyre.
This past Monday, I received word that I am being transferred to St. Matthew Parish, Philadelphia, as a Parochial Vicar, and will arrive there on Monday, September 29. I had visited Msgr. Daniel Sullivan, Vicar for Clergy, in early August, to share that I truly feel your pastor should be new, with no history here, for the sake of the merger. I also shared that I am over-stressed due to non-parish situations, and truly need to be healthy. Happily, I know your new pastor, Father David Fernandes, as I was stationed with him at St. Joseph Parish, Collingdale, several years ago. I know him to be a good and compassionate priest with quite a sense of humor. You will enjoy him. Thank you for supporting me; I have generally enjoyed being your shepherd. Know that I will be praying for you with the ongoing parish transitions, as I ask for your prayers too.