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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As you heard last weekend at Mass, Bishop Vann has appointed Fr. Mike Rizzo as the administrator of our parish, effective July 1st. Fr. Rizzo currently is serving at Corpus Christi Church as administrator pro-tem. As recently as a week and a half ago, I spoke with parishioners from there who told me how happy they are with Fr. Mike’s ministry as he has brought a lot of life to that community and that he is an excellent preacher.

Fr. Mike is a late vocation, having served as a corporate attorney and been in senior leadership for US Bank and other companies. He was married and his son presently lives with his wife in San Clemente. Before his wife’s death, he was discerning a call to the permanent diaconate, but after her death, he felt called to the priesthood and was ordained in 2020.

Fr. Mike’s first assignment was at my home parish, and I consistently heard good things about him. When my mom was sick, he would regularly go visit her to hear her confession and she spoke about how kind and empathetic he was to her. When I would visit my mom, I would frequently stop by the church to pray and would regularly see Fr. Mike out on the playground with the school kids. Between his administrative skills as well as his priestly zeal, I think he will be an excellent addition to our parish. Fr. Mike will be spending these months caring for the people of Corpus Christi and I will continue to be with you until July. Please keep Fr. Mike in your prayers during this time of transition.

 

In Christ,


Bishop Tim Freyer





Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope you will join us Monday and Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. for our parish mission experience. The evenings are designed to help us to encounter the love of the Lord.

At the 9:00 a.m. Mass this weekend and the following two weekends we have the scrutinies for those who are preparing to be baptized (the elect) at the Great Easter Vigil. As they draw closer to promising to reject Satan and to place their faith in Jesus Christ, the enemy sees them slipping away and will try to instill doubts, cause problems, or discourage them. The Church provides these scrutinies so that they are strengthened and can withstand the attacks of the enemy. Each scrutiny has prayers for the elect as well as an exorcism.

The Gospels for these Masses have the account of the woman at the well, the man born blind and the raising of Lazarus. These show elements of baptism: The woman at the well focuses on water, the man born blind focuses on sight/light and the raising of Lazarus on new life. At baptism we are washed clean of our sins by blessed water, are given the light of Christ (the candle we receive) to walk always in Christ’s light and are given the promise of eternal life (see Romans 6).

They also focus on personal sin (the woman at the well was living with man number 6), sinning with others (the judgmentalism of the Pharisees), and the consequence of sin (death). These readings can help us to reflect on where we need the Lord’s healing so that we can live the promises we made in baptism, to reject the temptation to sin, and so walk in the promise of eternal life.

 

In Christ,


Bishop Tim Freyer





Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we continue to try to serve you as best as possible, we have made a few changes that hopefully will be of benefit to you. One of the more common comments I have received is that people don’t know whom to call to reserve a room, set up a special Mass, how to get things in the bulletin, etc. To that end we have revised the second page of the bulletin to include these and other reasons why a person may want to reach out to the parish and to whom they should call/email. Included in this list is the phone number to call if there is something that is broken or not working correctly in a meeting room.

All leaders of ministries should have received a packet to schedule meeting space and facilities for the next fiscal year. If you have not received it, please contact Tom Leeman. The priority in scheduling will be based on our mission as a parish. The order (from highest priority to lowest) is: Celebration of the sacraments and preparation for these celebrations; growing in knowledge of our faith (school, faith formation, confirmation, bible studies, etc.); growing in relationship with Christ (prayer groups, devotions, etc.); growing in community and our service to others (Knights of Columbus, service ministries, social activities); any other parish organization or activity; ministries, groups, and events from outside the parish. My hope is that this will make it easier for all our ministries to use our beautiful facilities to draw closer to the Lord and one another.

 

In Christ,


Bishop Tim Freyer




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