I need to forego my usual column as we have a number of items of interest to report this week…

 

I am sad to report that Dr. Paul Thornock will be leaving the Cathedral this summer, and am yet very happy for Paul and his family that they will be returning to their home of Seattle, Washington, where Paul will assume the position of Director of Sacred Music at the Cathedral of Saint James. Paul’s dedication, hard work, and faith  ushered in a tremendous change in the Cathedral music program, making it one of the best known and highly regarded in North America. A search committee has been formed, and we are already receiving applications. We will keep you apprised of our progress, and of a “bon voyage” recital and reception for Paul, along with his wife, Nancy, who has sung in the Cathedral Choir and served as wedding coordinator at the Cathedral for a number of years.  Both will be greatly missed!

 

Deacon Thom Johnston has announced his retirement as an active Deacon.  Deacon Thom will be celebrating a trifecta this month – 30 years as a Permanent Deacon, 60 years of Marriage to his wife, Mary Alice, and he will be turning 90 years old.  Proud levels of achievement in all respects! After his “retirement” Deacon Thom will continue to help out with many pastoral outreaches at the Cathedral, of which I am grateful.  We have a reception planned for him later this month – stay tuned!

 

Deacon Jeremiah Guappone has been assigned to us by Bishop Campbell as he completes his course of study and last year of formation at the Pontifical College Josephinum.  Deacon Jeremiah hails from Northeast Ohio and is a 2010 graduate of Ohio Dominican University.  His home parish is Saint Catharine of Siena, where I first met him when I served there as pastor. He will be serving as a Deacon at both the Cathedral and at Holy Cross, just as Deacon, now Father Tony Davis, did during the past year. Please welcome Deacon Jeremiah to our parish communities.

 

We welcome back Father Tony Davis, having been ordained last Saturday with five other priests for our Diocese.  Father Davis has been assigned by Bishop Campbell to be the new Parochial Vicar of Saint Andrew Parish (Columbus), under the tutelage of Msgr. Steve Moloney, who serves at Pastor.  Continued prayers and congratulations to Fr. Tony Davis!

 

We have received some fine applicants for the position of Organist and Music Director at Holy Cross Parish. We hope to have that position filled soon, following the departure of Kelly Doman who moved to Pittsburgh with her husband and family after her husband, Gabe, landed a new job there.  We continue to wish them well, and pray for their success!

 

We are in need of Liturgical Ministers for the Cathedral – Lectors, Altar Servers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, and Hospitality.  Following all of the Masses next weekend, Michael Elton will be available to answer questions and to help you sign up for these positions.  We will provide all of the training.  If you have questions in advance, feel free to contact Michael by calling (614) 405-7770, or via e-mail: melton@columbus.rr.com. Thank you!

 

The Bishop’s Annual Appeal is moving along, with Holy Cross Church parishioners already meeting the Diocesan goal, and moving forward on the enhanced goal – extra monies going to repairs in the parish Rectory/Offices, and completing renovation projects in the Church interior. Cathedral parishioners are off to a very good start with more than half of the Diocesan goal met.  A BAA statistics page is included in this bulletin. Everyone benefits from the BAA, folks, so please let us all participate!