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April 23, 2017

posted May 9, 2017, 4:53 AM by Kurt Weber

Dear Parishioners, 

By now you have heard that a decision has been made by the bishop concerning the parishes here in Adrian. Since a report issued by the diocese in 2008 the probability of the merger of the two Adrian parishes was made known. The time has come to begin this process. As of July 1 of this year, both parishes will continue to exist as separate entities and I will be pastor of both parishes.

We are presently working on getting an additional Oblate here in Adrian. Fr Mike will continue to live here in residence but he is not employed by the parish. His primary duties are in Oblate recruitment and working with Oblates currently in formation. In addition to this he is writing

his thesis in order to complete his doctorate. Because of these factors, he will continue to minister with us as his schedule allows. An additional Oblate would be a full time person serving both parishes.

Sister Rita, from the diocese, will join us on the evening of April 26 at 7PM at St Mary’s Church to explain the decision process and answer any questions you may have.

In the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. The clustering of parishes can test this article of faith. I pray we will be able to put aside any differences that may have existed between St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s over the years and become one cohesive Catholic presence in the community. I promise to work hard to make this next chapter of Catholic history in Adrian a positive one. I know I cannot do it alone. Please work with me and our parish staffs as we transition into a more united witness of our one faith in Christ. In the weeks ahead, let us pray for a grace-filled transition. 

Heavenly Father, 

We, the parishioners of St. Joseph's and St Mary’s, 

profess one faith, one Lord and one baptism. 

Bless us as we prepare to cluster our two parishes. 

Shepherd us beyond our wants and fears. 

Help us experience the love and union that our patrons, 

Mary and Joseph, experienced here on earth. 

Bless our parish priests and staff who are most affected by these changes. 

Make us one cohesive Catholic presence in our community. 

Please hear this prayer we offer for and with one another. 

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Blessings, Fr. Tom M.