Pastor’s Letter, March 19th, 2017: Our Lady of Fatima
Just after the New Year our parish posted and has been interviewing for a Pastoral Administrator Associate (PAA). This position is typical for almost all parishes in the Archdiocese. I am happy to announce that we have filled the position. Ted Krembs, who currently has a similar position in Reno, NV, has accepted the position. An interview committee made up of three parishioners and a Pastoral Administrator from a nearby parish unanimously felt that Ted was the most qualified for the job.
This position will be crucial moving forward to continue and implement the work the Finance Council is doing with budgets, and putting a financial plan and structure in place that will put us on a fiscally sound path. Ted will work closely with me and be responsible for the general administration of the parish which includes budgets, facilities, development, stewardship and supervising administrative staff.
Ted will be coming with his wife Eileen, who is a nurse, and his daughter Theresa who will be entering high school. Ted will start July 1st after he finishes out his present position he has had for the past twelve years. I am looking forward to welcoming him and introducing him in more detail when he arrives. This will also align with the retirement of Lin Lacy who has agreed to move her original March 31st date of retirement to June 30th to accommodate our needs.
The celebration of Centenary of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima is less than two months away. Our Lady of Fatima is also known as Our Lady of the Rosary. Therefore this feast and apparition of Our Lady of Fatima has a special significance for our parish. I would like to do something to mark and honor this centenary at our parish. Fatima came at a particularly troubled time: WWI was raging across Europe. We are also in unsettled times and the message of Fatima is timely for us also: the message to pray the Rosary for peace and conversion.
In April and May I would like to present a two-part series on the history and message of Fatima and the Rosary. We should not miss this opportunity for grace for our parish of Holy Rosary.