We can’t change the past, but we can ensure the future of our Church”                                          

I would like to share with you a note I received in our monthly mailing from the Moderator of the Curia, Bishop Peter Uglietto.

“Having just returned from the Bishops’ June meeting in Baltimore, I am pleased to report the positive developments that took place in the Assembly . . . the Bishops approved three documents related to reporting and investigating claims of abuse or intentional mishandling of these cases by bishops. One document specifically deals with the reporting and investigation of complaints against bishops (Directives). Another deals with bishops who were removed from office or resigned their office for reasons of sexual abuse or intentional mishandling of cases (Protocols). The third document reaffirms the commitment bishops make to live according to the Gospel and to place themselves under the same high standards applied to priests, deacons, and lay personnel (Commitments).  The bishops also approved the establishment of a national third-party reporting system to simplify the reporting of certain complaints against bishops. Bishops approved these measures by 98-99% of the voting body. The Motu Proprio, Vos Estes Lux Mundi, issued by Pope Francis and effective June 1, 2019, gives direction to Church leadership throughout the world and is especially helpful in those dioceses that lack personnel resources.” 

This statement of action offers a good start by the hierarchy in mandating reforms and clear oversight of all those entrusted with the care of others. We can’t change the past, but we can ensure the future of our Church and  that our Society is a place in which we show respect for the dignity of the human being, treat each person as a sacred being created by God and seen through the prism of purity. I am grateful for all those who have reported the abuse, those who prosecuted those who have abused, and those who brought to light the coverup.  As mentioned before, I have ordered copies of Bishop Robert Barron’s Book which addresses this crisis and offers us words of hope for the future.

Over the past month we have had several occasions where neighbors have been parking their car, truck or boat beside the parish hall. It’s dangerous for us to have combustible vehicles parking alongside the wooden parish hall and out of sight of the rectory. If a boat or truck should catch fire there is a strong chance of losing the parish hall to a fire. The Risk Management Office of the Archdiocese has pointed out the danger with parking beside the parish hall and out of sight of the rectory. Overnight parking is prohibited from the parish parking lot and towing may result. Parking on the property is for the purpose of Church functions and Mass Liturgies. In the past, I have permitted folks to park at the rear of the parish hall in parking spots bordering on the street for those who want to go to the beach or take a walk, with the understanding that we offer no offer of protection for the vehicle or liability for damages. All commercial vehicles are prohibited from the property as they take a good toll on the asphalt. The cost to resurface a similar size lot is $250K+. I am not being mean, for 13 years I have been able to keep the lot in good condition by enforcing this ban. I stand ready to work with neighbors on this matter.

Last week we sent our a mailing for the GRAND ANNUAL DRIVE 2019. On the week of July 22nd we start installation of a new audio, video and live stream systems. The funds raised in this drive will cover much of this expense. We also need to fund work to the attic,  including replacement of insulation that has caused our plaster issues on the ceiling, as well as repair to the ceiling.

This weekend I return from a study week at San Alfonso Retreat House in New Jersey. This week I’ll be in Raleigh, North Carolina, with Chris Kerins, our Choir Director, for the National Pastoral Musicians Conference.

Daily Mass will be on Tuesday and Saturday.