Pastoral Care Area News

Pastoral Care Area News

Western Broome

Around the year 2000, the Diocese began to explore how it would confront the issue of the reduction in the number of young men entering the priesthood. Foreseeing the future, it was obvious that it wouldn’t be long before the number of parishes exceeded the number of priests available to work in those parishes.

In anticipation of the impending priest shortage, it was recommended that parishes begin thinking about working more closely together. As such, the Diocese identified geographic clusters of parishes throughout the Diocese. The clusters were labeled Pastoral Care Areas (PCA’s). The Western Broome PCA of which we are a part includes:

Church of the Holy Family      Most Holy Rosary
Our Lady of Good Counsel      St. Ambrose
St. Anthony of Padua                St. Joseph

At the direction of Bishop Cunningham, all PCA’s were to meet to begin planning for a future with fewer priests. We were provided with a package of materials that included outlines to conduct four meetings, with four representatives, from each parish.

One of the results of these meetings was that each of our six parishes would be designated to be linked with another parish. These linked parishes would then begin working together to prepare for the day when one of the pastors assigned to a linked parish would no longer be available to serve their parish. In that case, the two parishes would be officially linked and served by one priest.

Our linkages are:
• Church of the Holy Family & Most Holy Rosary
• Our Lady of Good Counsel & St. Ambrose
• St. Anthony of Padua & St. Joseph

Now Bishop Cunningham has asked that each of the linkages in the Diocese consider how Masses can be adjusted, so that, should a priest in a linkage leave his position, or become ill, the remaining priest can cover Masses in both parishes. The priests of our PCA have come up with the following weekend mass schedules, by linkage, to be implemented on the weekend of January 2nd and 3rd, 2016. The times allow for travel of a priest between the two parishes. Daily mass schedules may need to be adjusted at a later time.
The New Mass Schedule (effective Jan. 2-3, 2016)

Church of the Holy Family  Most Holy Rosary
Saturday 4:00 PM 5:30 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM 9:30 AM
11:00 AM

St. Anthony St. Joseph
Saturday 5:15 PM 4:00 PM
Sunday 9:15 AM 8:00 AM
11:45 AM 10:30 AM

Our Lady of Good Counsel St. Ambrose
Saturday 5:00 PM* 5:00 PM*
Sunday 7:45 AM 10:15 AM*
10:15 AM* 12:05 PM

The 7:00 PM Sunday Evening Mass at St. Ambrose will be shared by all PCA priests.

*Fr. Bourgeois and Fr. Galuppi feel it is important, currently, to maintain the 5:00 PM and 10:15 AM overlapping mass times. Should one of them become ill, coverage will be provided by a Pastor from another linkage. Once these parishes are served by one priest, Mass times will not change. However, the location of those Masses will be distributed between the two churches, thereby maintaining only one 5:00 PM and one 10:15 AM between the two churches.

This is the one area where Pastors and parishes have begun collaboration. There were many more ideas that came out of our planning meetings, where all parishes could benefit from working together, not just as linkages but also working together as a PCA.

Our intent with this insert is to provide a bit of background into the work that has already been completed, and to make you aware of the mass time changes that will be implemented in January. This is the first of periodic inserts that will focus on the outcomes of the planning meetings. Additionally, we hope to be able highlight successes that linked parishes experience as they begin working more collaboratively.

As our PCA moves forward, exploring areas where we may all benefit from collaborating with one another, we ask for your patience and support. Please feel free to share any suggestions you may have with your Pastors, Trustees or members of the PCA Communications Committee:

Church of the Holy Family –
St. Ambrose – Gary Leighton
Most Holy Rosary – Fran Olsen
St. Anthony – Dc. Bill Matts
Our Lady of Good Counsel – Karen Babicek
St. Joseph – Phil Artz