I hope everyone is having a very merry Christmas season! While many think that Christmas was over on December 25, and some have even put their trees out to the curb, the Church continues the Christmas season until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (this year: January 10, 2016). So, even though the stores may be taking down all of the Christmas decorations…Merry Christmas.
Speaking of January 10, that will be the last day that Fr. Anthony will be with us at St. Anastasia as our Associate Pastor. As many of you know, Fr. Anthony has been assigned to be the administrator of the clustered parishes of St. Charles in Newport and St. Mary in Monroe. For those assigned to be considered “pastor” for the first time, they are first assigned as “administrator” for one year; then, the administrator will become “pastor”. This is, now, common practice in the Archdiocese of Detroit. It is not some sort of prescribed caution on Fr. Anthony, just a matter of policy.
Next weekend, Sunday, January 3, there will be a “Best Wishes Celebration” for Fr. Anthony after the 10:15 AM Mass. Fr. Anthony will celebrate the 10:15 Mass. Please join me in praying for Fr. Anthony in his new assignment and wishing him well!
Thank you, Fr. Anthony, for your time with us and for the love and ministry of Jesus that you brought to St. Anastasia!