FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK
We end our season of First Holy Communions this Sunday. It’s been a great few weeks. I always am filled with hope when seeing our children receive the Eucharistic Lord for the first time. Congratulations to all of them.
Monday through Wednesday of this week, Fr. Kevin and I will be gone at the annual Spring Assembly of Priests in Fontana, Wisconsin. It is the one time each year that the Archbishop is able to gather all of his priests together. These days are to be a time of study, renewal and fraternity. The speaker this year is Fr. Donald Senior, a biblical scholar, who will offer some scriptural reflections on the theme of Mercy. In light of our absence, there will be no morning Masses on Tuesday or Wednesday. Thank you for your understanding.
I am beginning my last weeks in the parish before I depart for summer school in Washington, D.C. As I shared in November, the Archbishop has asked me to get a degree in Canon (church) Law while remaining pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish. To achieve this goal, I will need to be a full-time student during the summer and an “on-line” student the rest of the year when I am working here at St. Al’s. It will demand a lot of good planning and time management over the next five years, but with God’s help and your understanding, it can be done. My last weekend here until I return at the end of July, will be May 21/22. During my absence, Fr. Kevin and our new priest will work with the staff to take care of all issues. If you need anything from me, you have a few weeks to get in touch before I head out. And, if you have any questions about how this will work, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
-Fr. Aaron Esch