1988 March 20 – 5th Sun of Lent (Bulletin Letters)
CHANGE IS IN THE WORKS! The only thing we know for sure is that nothing stays the same. This weekend Fr. Tom Coenen will announce his resignation from the Harrison County Team ministry. A couple of weeks ago, Msgr. Paul Connelly announced his resignation as well. As is often the case in such matters, there are many reasons for the moves. The final decision rests with Bishop Bullock. The Bishop brings to the decision the needs of the Diocese, the local parishes and the priests.
As you can imagine, it’s no small task to make decisions and appointments that meet with the satisfaction of all parties involved. Yet, once a decision has been made, it’s best to make the best of it and move on. Both Fr. Tom and Msgr. Paul have given a great deal to Harrison County. I consider myself lucky to have worked with them both these last three years. I’ve learned much from them and am grateful for the confidence and support they have shown me. More than any other priest, these two guys have helped mold my priestly ministry since ordination. They were there when I needed them to help answer the important and not so important questions of a rookie priest. To both I owe a great debt!
We do not know who will come in their pIace. The Bishop has assured me that the Team ministry will continue and the two new men assigned to Harrison County will embrace the Team Ministry concept. In the last few months remaining of Fr. Tom and Msgr. Paul’s tenure, take the time to show them your appreciation. They will be missed. Start praying that the Holy Sprit is working in and with the Bishop as he considers their replacements.
EASTER CONFESSIONS. I will be hearing private confessions next Saturday, March 26th, for two hours at each parish. They will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Anne’s and from 1 :OO p.m. to. 3:OO p.m. at Holy Family. Communal Reconciliation is scheduled at Holy Family this Sunday, March 20th, at 7:30 p.m. It will be at St. Anne’s on Monday, March 28th at 7:3O p.m. I urge you to make every effort to attend one of these sessions. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most powerful, yet underused, sacraments of the Church. You’d do well to take advantage of its graces.