Dear Friends:

The ongoing process of merging parishes is continuing and this weekend I announce a major advance in that process. I have appointed the following twelve members of Precious Blood Parish, six from St. Mary’s and six from St. Agnes to a three-year term on the inaugural Pastoral Council. The members are:

Brian Burgh
Doris Nash
Felix Lizasuain
Hilma Nolan
Mary Beth Kricsciun
Michael Dorney
Pamela Amendola
Patrice Dunn
Patricia Byrne
Raymond Stattel
Richard Jagoe
Robert Lessard

I welcome them to the Pastoral Council and look forward to working with them as we seek to grow and enliven our new community of faith. The first meeting of the Precious Blood Pastoral Council will be held on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:30 PM in the basement meeting room of St. Mary Rectory on Gulf Street. At this meeting, we will review the purpose of a pastoral council according to Church law, form a subcommittee to begin working on a mission statement, and review the count of Mass attendance for the months of July through October, with an eye to developing two or possibly three Mass schedules to be submitted for a vote to the people of the parish. The new weekend Mass schedule will take effect January 1, 2019.

I am pleased to announce that Archbishop Blair has appointed Deacon Paul Jennings to serve the people of Precious Blood Parish. Deacon Paul hails from the Diocese of Bridgeport where he was ordained as a deacon in 2002. He and his wife recently moved to Milford. He has extensive professional experience particularly in the field of pastoral care for the sick. He has served as Director of Pastoral Care at both Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, New York and at St. Vincent Medical Center in Bridgeport. I know that you will give Deacon Paul a warm welcome.

Finally, a reminder that the parish corporation has been legally established. Therefore, going forward, kindly make all checks payable to Precious Blood Parish, no longer to either St. Mary Church or St. Agnes Church. As always, we thank you for your generous support of the parish.