This weekend we welcome Fr. Marty Moran to preside at all weekend Masses while I am away. Fr. Moran is a priest of the diocese of Harrisburg PA, and is currently the University Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg. He has previously served in campus ministry at Wilson College and Bucknell University, and before that ministered in several parishes and high schools in his home diocese. Even though it is more challenging with all the COVID restrictions, please extend our usual SKD warm welcome to him.
The month of July starts a new fiscal year for our parish. Each spring our Pastoral Council discerns parish goals for the new fiscal year, to guide its work and set its agenda– and so these goals for 2020-21 are listed on an insert in the bulletin this week. Contact Pastoral Council President Dennis Ottey (or any of the other Pastoral Council members) if you have questions or comments about the goals for this coming year.
Some have asked about the reason for the distribution the Eucharist at the end of Mass. The goal of social-distancing requires that everyone not leave the nave at the same time. Distributing communion at the very end of Mass allows for a more staggered departure of people from the building. It is certainly not ideal for the flow of the liturgy, and I really do miss greeting everyone after Mass. But we have all been sacrificing for the common good in different ways during these COVID-19 days.
I’m driving back from Cape Cod this weekend, and will be stopping in Springfield MA to visit my step-mother Gloria, as well as my friend Bishop Mitch Rozanski who is leaving Springfield next month to become the new archbishop of Saint Louis MO. I will be back in the office on Monday morning, and all normal weekday Masses will resume this week.