LATEST UPDATE FROM FR BERNARD
I wanted to let parishioners know there will be some changes coming to our parish in the new year. With the continuing challenges I have with my health, and the need of the parish for a full time priest keep the parish on mission, it seemed best to me that I make way for someone else. So, last week I offered Bishop Pat O’Regan a letter of resignation as PP of St Pat’s, Pakenham. I was very sad to do so. The Bishop sent a very kind letter accepting my resignation.
The process now is that Bishop Pat has written to the priests of our Diocese advising the parish of St Pat’s is ‘vacant’ as of January 15th, 2020. He has asked for applications for the position of PP, and that those be received soon. The hope is that an appointment can be made and announced soon, even before Christmas. This move, and any others that arise in other parishes because of it, will likely take place about January 17th.
I am very grateful for all the prayers, kindness and good wishes sent my way over these months and ask, if it’s not too much to do so, that you keep the prayers going a bit longer!! I miss parish life very much. I hope to be involved in some small way in the parishes here in Sth Gippsland as things allow. My prayers are for the health and happiness of all in the St Patrick’s family; and for courage and confidence for those who are finding life a bit of a battle as Christmas approaches.
Wishing everyone all the blessings for a happy, holy and safe Christmas season. BB.