Below is the slightly edited text of a letter to parishioners I wrote for this week’s bulletin. As I request prayers of my parishioners, I also ask them of my internet readers. My wife, especially, is having a difficult time of it. She’s a little more alarmed at the uncertainty, but I feel very much at peace. Also excited about the prospects that have been revealing themselves to me. I feel very blessed to have these possibilities, and I hope the changes will not be too hard on my family, or on the parishioners at St Thomas More Parish.
It is with sadness I announce the end of my ministry as Parish Liturgist at St Thomas More. After some discussion with Blake and Fr Don, it has been determined to adjust the staffing in the area of liturgy and music at our parish. I will not be part of that future.
I would simply ask for three things from you. First, I appreciate your prayers as I enter a mid-life discernment on what I’ll be doing the next twenty or so years.
Any successful job search depends on contacts, so I don’t mind your suggestions for meaningful work. I’ve already begun investigating alternate employment in the consulting and journalism fields. Those close to me have urged me not to leave church ministry entirely, but it may also be time to take a break from that aspect of what I do. I’ve been pleased to learn of exciting opportunities of working with parishes, believers, and faith communities outside of a traditional staff role.
I would urge you to build on the firm foundation in liturgical ministry STM has known since long before I arrived here. Our parishioners and pastor deserve the best efforts to enhance welcoming, music, and other lay-driven ministries.
Once we get through the Holy Week and Easter celebrations, I’ll be devoting time with staff and liturgy volunteers to shifting my responsibilities to appropriate people. I trust the goal will not be to maintain things as they are. Ideally, the table will be set for STM to continue to grow through a lively, informed, and dedicated role for laypeople under the leadership of our pastor.
I hope those who have labored long for parish liturgy at STM will continue in dedication. I urge newcomers to the parish to get involved in worship. We have over 400 volunteers under the liturgy umbrella, but there is always work for a new pair of hands to do.
It has indeed been a blessing to serve Christ and his Gospel with you through worship and prayer these past six years.
Peace to all!