Nine months ago I was asked to be Temporary Administer at Saint Joseph the Worker Parish after the sudden passing of Fr. Hannon, which I willing did. I had to trust in God, however, that I would be guided with the Holy Spirit to minister to this parish, while at the same time ministering to Our Lady of the Assumption parish in Marshfield where I had been assigned only seven months earlier. This was no small endeavor given the immediate needs present at each of those parishes, but I did put my trust in God.
At the end of March, after ministering in Marshfield for a year to the many families I had grown to love, I was assigned full-time Administrator here at Saint Joseph the Worker Parish, where again I put my trust in God.
As you know, after only two months I had been asked to minister yet again to a second parish, that of Our Lady of the Lake in Halifax, which I began in June. Ever mindful of the Collaborative Planning currently underway throughout the Archdiocese, and accessing the needs of both parish communities, I continue to trust in God.
Change is never easy, and multiple changes are only that much more difficult. I have personally experienced so many changes in so many ways over this past year alone. I do not take change lightly. However, at the same time, I do place my trust in God. God is always urging and nudging us to “put out into the deep,” to go beyond our comfort zone, and trust in God along the mysterious ways upon which we are guided.
For many years, St. Joseph the Worker Parish and Our Lady of the Lake have had multiple priests assigned for ministry. Now, there are is only one priest assigned to both parishes. It has become extremely difficult to move forward without some degree of change.
After careful prayer and discussion with both Parish Pastoral Councils, I need to realign the weekend Mass schedules for both parishes. This is happening throughout the Archdiocese in all Collaboratives. I have tried a number of possibilities so there would be no change in schedules, however none of those have become possible.
A more reasonable schedule of Sunday Masses is necessary. As such, after Labor Day, Masses on Sunday morning will be held at Saint Joseph the Worker at 9:00 AM and 12 Noon, whereas at Our Lady of the Lake Sunday morning Masses will be held at 7:30 AM and 10:30 AM. The Saturday afternoon Masses at 4:00 PM will remain in place, as well as the Sunday evening Mass at 6:00 PM at St. Joseph’s.
I ask your prayers for both parish communities that as we move forward, our focus will always be on the Lord.
Sincerely yours in the Lord,
Fr. Mike Hobson