Letter from the Pastor – May 6
As this academic year comes to a close, it is hard to believe that it is the eighth time I have done this. The eight years have flown by and the blessings of the eight years have piled up. The end of the year brings its own kind of business. Beside the “holy stuff” (first communions, confirmations, baccalaureate mass, etc.), the staff is busy with evaluating programs, choosing new leaders for next year, and tying up the loose ends of this year. On Friday night, we had our appreciation party for parish volunteers. We (the staff) pour a lot into that celebration as our expression of gratitude to the many, many people it takes to make this parish and all our programs run. The party was great fun and I would like to express my gratitude to the staff for all their hard work on it.
This has been a great year. We have been especially pleased this year with the response to all the different faith-formation programs we have been able to offer. Each reading group, lecture series, video series, faith-sharing group has been well attended and the feedback has been great. Our other programming: social justice, socials, student leadership, retreats, etc. have also gone very well. We look forward to continuing these and other programs in the coming year.
Congratulations to all from our student community who are finishing their academic programs and graduating this year. May God continue to bless you as you move on to whatever comes next in your life!
Summer provides a great opportunity for all of us to take a deep breath. We reduce the number of Masses during the summer months (this begins the weekend of May 20th) and our office staff and hours are reduced as well. During these months, the staff is busy regrouping, planning, and getting ready for the new year. I also appreciate summer as a time to connect with the permanent community a little more – as the student community is largely not here. This summer, I would like to intentionally connect more with a broader group of parishioners. It is likely that next year will be my last in Tucson. If that turns out to be true, I’d like to make sure that the transition is a smooth one. I would like to hear from you your concerns and cares for the parish community at a time of transition. I will be saying much more about his in the coming weeks.