It has been an unexpected journey for all of us over the past couple of months. Fortunately, for all of us, we have been able to “weather the storm” so far. The most difficult part in all of this was our inability to be able to communicate with everyone. Now that we are slowly coming out of restrictions imposed on all of us, we must continue to remain vigilant that we all remain healthy and wise
We are trying to slowly bring our parish sacramental life back to some normalcy and it will be some time before this can be done. Members of the Pastoral and Finance Councils have been meeting and our initial discussions revolved around the celebration of the Mass which is central to the life of the parish. In order to bring back the normal Mass schedule with the restrictions that are still in place, would ask for volunteers to act as ushers at Masses to insure that we are following the social distancing regulations. To this end, I would ask for those of you who would be willing, to please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating at which Mass you would be willing to help.
I think that many of you have become aware that a new pastor has been assigned to St. Joseph Parish. He is Rev. John J. Mahoney, Jr. His pastorate will become effective on July 27th. Fr. Mahoney has agreed to prepare some blurbs for the bulletin to introduce himself to you.
In the meantime, please continue praying for our parish and your new pastor, and the day the parish can begin functioning under the “new normalcy”.