This weekend we celebrate the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s Gospel reminds us that discipleship does not come without cost. We must be ready to embrace the cross and that is not always easy. In spite of, and because of the cross, there are rewards to discipleship. In the days ahead, let us reflect upon the challenges we have faced in trying to be faithful disciples of Christ.
Welcome, Father Bob Meissner! Father Bob is celebrating liturgy for us both Saturday and Sunday. He is one of our senior priests. His last assignment as pastor was at Saint Vincent DePaul Parish in Bay City prior to its merger to form Saint Catherine of Siena Parish. We are blessed to have Father Bob with us. He is a very fine liturgist and homilist, so I am confident our parish community will enjoy celebrating Mass with him this weekend. Thank you, Father Bob, for graciously accepting my invitation to Saint John Paul II Parish!
Last week I shared with you that “Closing” took place on the Carla Drive building and property. Since that time, the Parish Office Staff has been in the midst of the process of moving. In a couple of weeks, we will be operating out of two spaces as we transition to the main parish site. Please be patient with us as we may not be readily available to answer the phone at all times, but, if you leave a message, we will return your phone calls. Besides moving offices, there are a great many details that need tending to, some of which can be done sooner and others that have to wait. We have to relocate not only offices, but the parish library, the copy room, and the Youth Room as well. After conversation and dialogue with the Finance and Pastoral Councils, the diocese, and the parish staff, it was determined that the parish offices would be relocated in the Parish Education Center on Harrison Drive. Two classrooms on the west side of the building will be converted into offices. Thus, those two rooms will no longer be used for the Faith Formation program. The parish program is quite small. Ours is one of the few merged parishes that still has a stand-alone program. Grade-levels have been doubled up for the past two years and three large classrooms were being used for students. Now, those three rooms will be divided in half to easily accommodate students as well as a prayer room, an office, and a parish library. The entrance to the Parish Offices will be located on the south side of the Education Center. There are two doors on that side of the building (one nearest the kitchen and gym, and the other nearest the classrooms). Presently, the space for Middle School and High School Youth Ministry will be located on the first floor of the former convent. Next week, I will continue to update you on the “move.”
Blessings on your week! Be safe this holiday!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ