Last week we learned that our assistant priest would be moving to take up a leadership role in another parish, and that a replacement for him at our parish has not yet been made.
This week we learned that our parish priest has decided to retire at the end of January, being closer to age 75 than to age 70, and that even the local Catholic primary school will also have a new principal and deputy principal for next year.
Our new bishop, Peter Comensoli, will be installed at Waitara Cathedral on 12 December. Which gives him between 2-3 weeks to find priests for our parish before he goes on annual leave during January.
It is a rather dire situation to be in, and we trust in God to provide for us. There is a lot at stake. We could face a reduction in weekend Masses, the twinning of our parish with another one, the loss of daily Mass, the loss of timeslots to avail ourselves of the Sacrament of penance, and all manner of other things as well as all the upheavals change brings.
Please pray that the good God provides us His excellent and bountiful solutions to our situation. You might like to join us in the prayer downloadable below and to offer some of your Advent penance for these intentions. We also bear in mind that changes like these tend to have domino effects onto other parishes in our diocese, and that prayer to obtain God's most perfect solution for all of us is greatly needed.
Our Lady, Star of the Sea, patroness of our diocese, pray for us
Our Lady, Help of Christians, patroness of our country, pray for us