At the end of Mass yesterday, our pastor was making announcements, and said, “July 1, you will be having a new pastor. Father K. will be coming here from the Tidewater area, and I will be going to Parish X in this area. We will also begin clustering at that time, with four priests pastoring five parishes in the area.”
I knew the clustering was coming, but was surprised by the announcement that Father R. would be leaving. It was a bit unexpected.
Our new pastor was ordained about two years ago, and I cannot – cannot – remember his last name or his current parish assignment. 😛
But please keep all parishes involved in your prayers. I’m sure God knows what He’s doing through our bishop (and I actually am not upset about any of this), but the transition might be difficult for some people, especially the children who have only known Father R. at our parish. (He’s been here more than five years, at the least, because he was here when we arrived in 2004.) My girls are a little saddened by this news, but are hopeful that our new priest might not have an accent! (LOL!) More on the accent stuff later.