View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Clustering in Gates Begins

This weekend, the group planning for the five Gates/Chili parishes will release a preliminary proposal for three parishes to cluster - St. Jude's, St. Helen's and Holy Ghost - next June. St. Theodore's (my Parish) and St. Pius will remain as stand-alones for now.

The clustered parishes will apparently be served by a pastor and a parochial vicar. It would make sense if Father Mike Schramel at St. Jude's be the pastor, and Father Eloo Nwosu, the pastoral administrator over at St. Helen's, be the parochial vicar. We'll see if that is the case. Of course, something could intrude to interfere, like the death of a pastor somewhere else.

The plan makes sense. Holy Ghost's pastor is retiring next year, so that parish was the logical one to be part of a cluster. St. Helen's is a small parish so it too was a logical parish to include. Putting St. Theodore's into a cluster of St. Theodore's, St. Helen's and Holy Ghost would have stretched things out. But who knows, things could change.

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