As I write my first column as your pastor at St. Pius X, I reflect on these first few weeks that I have been here since my arrival. I want to first thank so many of you for your warm welcome. Transitions are hard. We know that change is difficult. We are all creatures of habit. Fr. Tom served you so well as your priest and pastor these past twelve years at this parish. You miss him very much, just as I miss my former parish and my former parishioners in Oshkosh miss me. However, you have made me feel very welcome and that certainly helps the transition.
Fr. Adam, our newly ordained assistant (parochial vicar), arrived last weekend and immediately “dived” into the life of our parish, celebrating the Sacred Liturgy for the first time as your priest. I am certainly inspired by his zeal, Gospel simplicity, and his prayerfulness. I am sure he will serve us well as priest. Moreover, I look forward to serving you with him in our parish.
Starting this weekend, Fr. Adam and I also begin serving Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Hortonville. This is new to our parish. The priest shortage is particularly severe in our diocese. That is why both Fr. Adam and I will also be sacramental ministers at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish. Our duties entail covering the weekend liturgies at both parishes, six Masses total. We will also be covering the funeral Masses at Sts. Peter and Paul as well. Yes, these are added responsibilities, but always for the greater glory of God.
Please continue to pray for us priests each day. Certainly know that we are praying for you,
especially in our daily Holy Hours. May God bless you in this coming week. Let us together
pray hard and well for all.
God bless —— Fr. Jim