Fr. Jack celebrated his last Mass as Pastor at 10:30 this morning, followed by a light reception in the Gathering Space of the church.
During the Mass, Fr. Jack told parishioners that a plan is coming together that will hopefully find us with a new pastor on October 1st. There are a few things that need to be worked out with the priest Bishop Rozanski is considering and, hopefully, an announcement will be made soon. In the meantime, Fr. Jack will serve St. Francis of Assisi as Administrator Pro-Tem until the new pastor arrives. During that time, all liturgical and spiritual needs of the parish will be taken care of by a visiting priest or priests, with Fr. Jack taking on the administration responsibilities in addition to his duties as pastor at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in West Springfield.
Once Bishop Rozanski has assigned a new pastor, an announcement will be made at Masses here and, simultaneously, at the priest's current assignment.