As you know, we have been closely evaluating our structures with the overall questions about what is working and what can be improved. We have all felt the struggle since taking on full responsibility for St. Anthony's this summer that four parishes just seems like too many churches to form effective community.
Parishioners in each parish have felt as though they are not being served well, and each of us priests have likewise felt that it is a challenge for us to be as present as we would like to be to each of the individual parishes.
Because of all of this, Bishop da Cunha has made the decision to remove St. Anthony's from our Collaborative and invite them to enter into a conversation with Santo Christo and Espirito Santo parishes about ways that those three parishes can engage in greater cooperation.
As of October 18, Fr. Maurice Gauvin, currently pastor of Espirito Santo, will become pastor of St. Anthony's while remaining pastor of Espirito Santo. Fr. Jason will move to St. Anthony's and continue to serve as parochial vicar. The three parishes will then begin a conversation about the ways that they can be strengthened together.
St. Mary's, St. Stan's, and Good Shepherd will continue to move forward in the collaborative as we have been, and I look forward to us all gathering on Wednesday, October 9, 6:30 p.m. at St. Stanislaus School for our ALL COLLABORATIVE ASSEMBLY to talk about this further.
I think it is the right move and the right time. And I think it is clear evidence that the Bishop is listening to us and making appropriate adjustments as needed.
It has been my honor and privilege to serve as pastor of St. Anthony's, even though briefly, and I have so enjoyed getting to know the wonderful people and hopeful spirit of the parish. Likewise, let me express my gratitude to Fr. Jason for his service to our community during his brief time with us.
Below is a letter from Bishop da Cunha explaining this change.
We are currently hiring a Director of Faith Formation to operate a single, unified combined faith formation program for three of the parishes of our collaborative (St. Mary's Cathedral, Good Shepherd, and St. Stanislaus). The new program will employ the Whole Community Catechesis model of faith formation. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Fr. Tom Washburn (firstname.lastname@example.org or 327 Second Street, Fall River, MA 02721)
We are excited to announce that the incorrupt heart of St. Jean Vianney (a first class relic) will visit the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption on April 22-23.
The relic will be welcomed at a special Mass with Bishop Edgar da Cunha at 7:00 p.m. on April 22 and will remain in veneration that evening until 10 p.m. and again Tuesday morning from 7:00 a.m. until noon. A closing Mass will take place at 12:05 p.m.
Join us for this special moment of grace, and please share this information to help spread the word.
Elementary School Principal-St. Stanislaus School, Fall River
St. Stanislaus School is seeking a principal with visionary leadership, passion, commitment, and effective educational skills ready to lead this active Catholic elementary school. St. Stanislaus School has served the Catholics of St. Stanislaus parish and the City of Fall River since 1906.
The elementary school principal shall be committed to the mission of the school as it relates to the mission of St. Stanislaus Church, the Catholic Schools Office, and the diocese. The principal of St. Stanislaus School is directly responsible to the pastor and the Catholic Schools Office. The principal shall be accountable for the following areas of responsibility. These areas may be modified at the discretion of the pastor and the Catholic Schools Office.
The principal is a believing and practicing Catholic, loyal to the church, prayerful, a person of hope, faith filled and committed to spiritual growth. The principal will work in collaboration with the pastor to:
The principal is a successful teacher, committed to Catholic education, who remains open to professional growth. He/She is able to articulate educational values, is an active member of professional organizations and demonstrates clear leadership qualities. The principal will work in collaboration with the Catholic Schools Office to:
The principal is mature, intelligent, organized yet flexible, challenging yet affirming, a critical thinker and possesses interest in youth and their future, good health and judgment and a positive self-concept. The principal will work in collaboration with the Pastor and Catholic Schools Office to:
The Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate will be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Catholic Church. The candidate will be an accomplished educator with a track record of successful leadership experience working with the diverse communities. The candidate would be a forward thinker who would challenge the status quo and stay on top of industry trends and technology, to ensure education received and investments made leave our students well-prepared for an ever changing society. The candidate will have a strong faith life and be committed to serving. The candidate will be an innovator finding creative ways to meet the needs of the whole school community and have the following leadership characteristics:
All interested candidates please send resume and letter of interest to Sharon Sampson at email@example.com by March 15, 2019.
Listen to Bishop da Cunha's inspiring speech from the Planning Commission Kick-Off last week!