From the desk of Father Jeffrey V. Romans
Dear Friends in Christ:
Happy Father’s Day! On this Sunday we pause to express our appreciation for and gratitude for all of our fathers, living and deceased, and all those men in our lives who have fulfilled the role of father. Thank you all for the impact you have had in the lives of others.
GOOD NEWS! On Monday evening the town Planning and Zoning Commission approved unanimously our request for a special permit to expand our existing parking lot onto the property recently acquired at 185 Main Street. With this permission we will be able to add an additional 41 parking spaces to provide safe and accessible parking for our parishioners to utilize for Masses and other events. The Building and Grounds Committee is presently seeking proposals from companies to get the work completed as soon as possible. We will keep you informed of the progress as it unfolds.
THANK YOU PEG IRVING…With the Pastoral Plan now being instituted in our town there comes change. One of those changes will be the closing of the parish offices at both Epiphany Parish and Saint Thomas Becket Parish effective June 29, 2017. Given this change, Peg Irving will be retiring from her position at Saint Thomas Becket. WE OWE A DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO PEG. Peg was a founding member of Saint Thomas Becket Parish, and over the years has worked in the parish as a Director of Religious Education and most recently as the Parish Secretary. Peg also through the years has had a leadership role in a variety of volunteer ministries within the parish as well. In a special way I will always remember Peg’s warm greeting to me when I was named Pastor of Saint Thomas Becket Parish in addition to Saint Bridget Parish. She was and is a great resource and support to me, to Father O’Neill, Sister Patricia, and our entire Pastoral Staff. We will be hosting a cocktail reception on Wednesday, June 28th, from 6-8PM in the Father Frisbie Hall at Saint Thomas Becket so that we can all have a chance to stop in and express our gratitude to her for her many, many years of service, and to wish her well in her retirement.
Pastoral Planning thoughts and updates…As I write this article we are preparing for the first gathering of our newly formed Merger Transition Team which is made up of three members from Epiphany Parish, Saint Bridget Parish, and Saint Thomas Becket Parish. I am very grateful to those members who have willingly taken on this leadership role as we begin this important work together with our Coordinators of the Stewards for Tomorrow Plan, Lynn Krieg and Jim Mitchell, and our Pastoral Staff. While we will canonical be one parish family on June 29, 2017, the process of consolidation in many respects will take some time to come to fruition, and it is this Merger Transition Team who will work with the various committees and organizations that exist today in the various parishes to bring them together as one. I am confident that with an open heart and mind we will see stronger committees and organizations to serve our new parish family. Remember we are all coming into this together to be one family of faith, the Saint Bridget of Sweden Parish Family. Our goal certainly is to create a spiritually rich, vibrant, and sustainable family of faith that makes a difference in the lives of our parishioners and the greater community. More to come on this as we continue to move forward…
Don’t forget we want to hear from you! Focusing on what should be for our future together we are entrusted with the great responsibility of discerning and bringing about a new parish family. What are your hopes for this new family of faith? Is there a particular ministry you would like the Pastoral Staff to work toward forming? Is there a particular devotion you would like to see us offer? Let us know. Write it out and email it to email@example.com or drop it in an envelope marked Pastoral Staff in the collection on the weekend. All ideas are possible for consideration.
I continue to pray that the Holy Spirit will reenergize and rejuvenate each of us to become a new family of faith and to truly become missionary disciples. I remain very hope-filled that our future will be strong as we begin this new chapter under the patronage of Saint Bridget of Sweden. May Saint Bridget of Sweden pray for us!
As always remember to pray for our parish families and ask God’s blessings as we build His kingdom here. Please know that I am praying for you, and I ask for your prayers for me, that together through the intercession of Saint Bridget of Sweden, our new Patron, and united in the Eucharist, we will reflect the presence of Jesus to the world.