Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 8 2018

 

LETTER TO PARISHIONERS
FROM FATHER MARTIN LEOPOLD.

My dear and faithful people,

I am very excited to be entrusted with the ministry of Pastor at Our Lady of Sorrows, and I ask in advance for your patience, forgiveness, and sincere fraternal correction for the mistakes that I will surely make in this ministry of service.

As you have likely heard, I will not be able to dedicate myself uniquely to this ministry, as I am also pastor at Our Lady of Grace and at St. Peter's, and consultant/assistant a few days a week to the Archbishop. I am sorry for this, but I also want to assure you that I will not be working alone for you. Archbishop Gustavo has appointed Deacon Denis Perez as Pastoral Delegate to Our Lady of Sorrows Parish. This is a new position in the Archdiocese, and working with me, Deacon Denis will have many of the responsibilities of a Pastor. He will also have my support and the support of Fr. Agustin Estrada, Fr. Dennis Venegas, and Fr. Marian Piekarczyk to help with all priestly ministry. I also know that there are many hard working and generous members of the parish who work together as disciples and missionaries of Jesus Christ to carry out the mission of our parish. I do not foresee any change to our Mass, Confession, or devotional schedule. I hope that you will be patient with our shortage of priests available to assign as Pastors, and Archbishop Gustavo's need, at the recommendation of the Priest Personnel Board, to make me as your Pastor. Each of our Parishes - Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady of Grace, and St. Peter's - is a unique parish and community, with gifts and strengths and personality. The Archbishop has asked me to lead each parish independently. We will not be combining parishes, services, councils, or staff in any way. I envision packed parking lots and pews in all three parishes every Sunday, and am committed to work with you toward this .Fr. Agustin is an experienced and holy priest of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, and joins us from the parish of St. Helena's. He did his philosophical and theological studies at the University of Navarra in Spain, and has ministered in several capacities during his time in San Antonio, including pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Formation Advisor and Director of Liturgical Formation at Assumption Seminary, and professor at the Mexican American Catholic College. We also welcome Fr. Dennis Venegas, who will be living with us and helping from time to time. His full time ministry will be chaplain to University and Baptist Hospitals. I am grateful to Fr. Marian, who will continue living with us and assisting with our Polish Masses.
We will miss Fr. Thaddeus, he has been a wise, kind, and holy pastor for Our Lady of Sorrows for 15 years. I am confident that his legacy will live on here for generations to come. I look forward to getting to know you and our parish over the coming years. I am very confident in Deacon Denis' pastoral leadership in his role as Pastoral Delegate.
With love and gratitude, Fr. Martin