Dear Friends of Saint Catherine of Siena and the Church of the Transfiguration,
Our two faith communities have known many blessings since our individual parishes began, Saint Catherine of Siena dedicated its first church in 1901 and the Church of the Transfiguration formally began on August 6, 1983.
We have shared together blessings collectively over the years. We have enjoyed our yearly parish mission along with Saint Louis Church. Presently, we are gifted to share Parish Staffing with Maureen O’Connor, Meg Kastner and Laura Cutter.
This past year of 2020, we came together during the pandemic to stream Mass with one another. I heard so many words of gratitude that Saint Catherine of Siena and the Church of the Transfiguration were with one another. Our Music Ministries worked together then and continue to do so for the enrichment of our liturgical celebrations. Being with one another has been a gift.
This coming June, I will retire after 43 years of Catholic Charities and pastoral leadership for the Diocese of Rochester. The Church of the Transfiguration has been an enriching experience in my faith journey.
Acknowledging my retirement, it now makes sense with the declining number of priests that our two faith communities continue to do more together that we may thrive in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Bishop Matano is aware of my pending retirement and requested Fr. Rob and myself to begin the process of clustering with one another. Bishop Matano has asked us to proceed with cluster planning with our Pastoral Councils, Finance Councils, Parish Staffs and our parishioners. Clustering means we will still be two separate faith communities under the leadership of the same Pastor.
This is an exciting time and opportunity for all of us to be fully engaged in planning for the future.
Please know Father Rob, our Parish Staffs, our Councils and myself will be praying for this new time. We ask for your prayers as well in this time of grace we share with one another. We promise to keep everyone fully aware and informed of our dialogue and planning for the well-being of our faith communities. If you have any questions or concerns you may contact anyone on the Parish Staffs, Pastoral Councils and Finance Councils.
I offer from my heart the following prayer that we may offer daily as we look ahead to this opportunity of proclaiming Good News with one another:
Father in Heaven,
Who brings together new relationships, new opportunities and new challenges as a way to deepen our bond with You, bless the people of the Church of the Transfiguration and Saint Catherine of Siena, to enter joyfully into such experiences as our communities seek a new chapter in our shared life of mission and ministry.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and forever.
God Bless us all as we start this new adventure!
On the lighter side: On a repair shop door: We can repair anything. (Please knock hard on the door - the bell doesn't work).
Blessing in 2021!
Let us continue to pray for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,