Since it was announced in late June that I would
be taking on a new role as Pastoral Associate
for The Catholic Parishes of Sandusky, I have
been positively overwhelmed with the comments
and support of so many. The most frequent question
I receive is, “What duties fall under you as Pastoral
Associate?” I would jokingly respond, “I will let you know in a few months!” As with any good joke, there was a hint of truth in that response.
My first order of business was to prioritize what are the most important duties that needed my attention. Sister Joyce, for Holy Angels, and Linda Pedoli, for Sts. Peter and Paul, did so much in front of and behind the scenes for their respective parishes, as well as, for all three parishes as a whole. My sincere thanks to both of them for leaving copious notes and information, making the transition very smooth. My thanks go out to all of the parish and tri-parish employees who have offered many answers to my never-ending questions.
Perhaps the biggest priority on my list, with Albert Vargas giving up the reins to the Catholic Community Supper, was making sure that there was no interruption to the program. Thankfully, Albert had the supper running like a well-oiled machine, so my weekly presence there has honestly been slightly more important than a hood-ornament. My gratitude to the weekly volunteers and the members of the rotating teams for joyfully showing the Face of Christ to those in need in our local community. At the time of this writing, I am still looking for one or two people to run this weekly ministry. Contact me if you are interested.
Another project that I am currently tackling is making sure that all of our homebound parishioners are being taken care of spiritually. For this, I am asking that if you know of any member of our three parishes who are in need of receiving the Eucharist at home, please contact me. We are not always aware if a member of our parish family is unable to come and celebrate Mass with us. Even if it may be a temporary situation, be sure to let me know so that I or one of our wonderful Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion can bring Jesus in the Eucharist to them.
Lastly, in addition to evaluating and maintaining ministries that have already been in place, I would be interested in hearing from you of anything that you feel we are lacking. There have been some suggestions already regarding a ministry that reaches out to the singles in our parishes as well as one for widows/widowers. I would be interested to hear from you if you may be in need for either type of these ministries.
For any of the above items or for anything that may be on your mind, please feel free to contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 419-625-7500 extension 1015.
Deacon Phil Dinovo