A Message from Bishop Barres
Letter from Fr. Bill
To the Parish:
I am writing to let you know that I have informed the Director of Priest Personnel of our diocese of my intention to retire from active ministry in June of 2020. After 48 years, 30 of which have been in administration, in my estimation the time has come. I await confirmation of this plan by the bishop.
My final determination for this decision came during my vacation, when I realized that my “batteries” were not recharging as they always did on vacation. When ordinarily rechargeable batteries don’t come back up to their peak, it’s time for a change! I was thirty years younger when I became a pastor, and so with retirement I am looking forward to a different adventure in ministry.
Each deanery of the diocese met during the last year with Bishop Henning, the vicar for the central vicariate, and the point person for strategic planning for the diocese. He informed the twelve deaneries that Bishop Barres asked him to study what other dioceses were doing in the face of fewer available priests and diminishing congregations. Bishop Henning shared the results of his study with us, outlining various solutions taken by different dioceses. Bishop Henning also informed us that Pope Francis has directed bishops not to close churches, because they “belong to the people.” Future solutions in our diocese, if the number of pastors is limited, will probably follow the existing examples of pastors supervising two or more parishes. No major decisions along these lines have been made yet in our diocese.
Transferring pastors and associates, and replacing retiring pastors is an annual challenge for the Bishop and the personnel board. I have no more information or insight than I have outlined here about our parish. I will share whatever news I receive from the Bishop’s office and do all I can to help in a smooth transition of administration. I will be spending the next liturgical year here with you at Mary Immaculate, presiding at weddings, funerals, baptisms, and illuminating our everyday lives in homilies based on the Gospel. These are the most enjoyable things I do. As for the future, we are always wrapped in Mary’s Mantle, as our beautiful window in the little church ever reminds us.
We welcome you to the website home of The Parish Family of Mary Immaculate. We are a vibrant and loving Catholic Community who would be blessed by your joining us for mass or any of our events. Whether you are a parish member, have been away from church for a while or have never been to church, please come join us throughout the year. Christ was born, he died and he rose from the dead for all of us. Please see our mass times below, and if you have any questions, please contact us at the church office. May the Lord bless you in all you do and for everyday of your life.
FAITH FORMATION CLASSES BEGAN MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd
All students must register by the end of October.
Saturday: 5:00 PM Large Church
Sunday: 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM Large Church
Confessions: Saturday 3:30-4:00 PM Large Church or by appointment with a priest.
Holy Days: 7:00 PM (on the eve) Little Church
9:00 AM (on the day) Little Church
Parish Life at Mary Immaculate
Message from Bishop John O. Barres
Please click on the link below to view the video message from Bishop John O. Barres on the Catholic Ministries Appeal: