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This Week's Message from Fr. Aaron Esch

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Or are you a Catholic adult who was never confirmed? Now is the time to step forward. The RCIA and Adult Confirmation classes are beginning to form for the fall. If you have any interest, please contact me or Sr. Eileen at the parish office, 421-2442.  There is no better time to begin the journey than right now. We will be delighted to help you.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, the Archdiocese has granted me a sabbatical in the first part of 2020. A sabbatical is a time of renewal in priestly ministry. It is not a retreat, a vacation or further studies, but entails those components. After ten years of priestly ministry and as I start my eighth year at St. Alphonsus, I’m grateful to have this opportunity to take time for renewal. With my Canon Law studies coming to an end in December, the time is right. During the sabbatical, Fr. Britto will serve as the parish Administrator. More details will be shared in the months ahead. After the sabbatical, I have every intention of returning to the parish and completing my term as pastor. 

A sabbatical should not only be a time of renewal for the priest, it should be a time of renewal for the parish. Thus, we are putting together a very exciting program for our parish on the topic of faith and beauty. We will begin this initiative on December 8, at the annual Christmas Concert, and it will conclude on Pentecost in May of 2020. Throughout the intervening months, there will be a host of opportunities to deepen your faith through an encounter with beauty. Please stay tuned for more details.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

 

Fr. Aaron Esch