Dear sisters and brothers,
This has been a time of transition for St. John Vianney. We celebrate Fr. Luke’s ministry of presence and healing with us this weekend as he has been reassigned to St. Theresa Parish in Oakland.
It is with hearts filled with appreciation and gratitude that we take leave of our dear Fr. Luke as he makes the transition to his next assignment. We've had the privilege of having him minister in our midst and for us for the past 7 years and more. Seven years of ministerial presence filled with love and compassion; seven years of healing and comforting the sick; seven years of making available to us God's Word and the Eucharist. We will miss his peaceful, pastoral presence in this community.
Before we learned of Fr. Luke’s reassignment, we had already initiated another change when we decided that we needed to transition to a full-time Youth Director. We have had two wonderful parishioners that are both part-time staff covering Middle School and High School age youth separately. We believed that we needed someone who could be as fully available to all the weekend activity and youth events as the other full-time staff and that could build upon the connections with youth from Middle School through High School age. We had already informed Alicia and Myrna of this decision to transition as of June 30th.
We have completed the interview process and Christian Vargas has emerged from it as our new Director of Youth Ministry. We welcome him and wish him a fruitful ministry in our parish. He will join us in mid-June to provide some overlap with Alicia Lang, our outgoing Director of High School Faith Formation and Myrna Aiello, our outgoing Director of Middle School Faith Formation. They have each been with us in their current positions for 11 years, and we will all miss them in our day-to-day work on staff.
Our final transition announcement is to let you know that Betsy Messman also has announced that she will now be leaving at the end of the month and migrating to Pacific Grove where they have a home. Betsy has been working on the staff for four years now but has also been a parishioner here for many more years.
We want to thank them all for their years of dedication in their good work for this community with a reception for Alicia and Betsy after the Saturday, 5pm Mass on July 1st in Mullen Commons. Please come and join us in thanking them! Myrna isn't available on July 1st so another date is in the works to thank her.
Transitions are hard on individuals and communities. Let's pray for the members of our staff who are in transition and for our Parish Community of St. John Vianney that we may as individuals and communities follow the vision that God has in store for us. Not following our vision is not an option, however difficult it may be. May we realize all that God has in store for us.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Rev. William Rosario