From the Pastor

Dear Parishioners

May 22,, 2022

"As I Walk This Way"

Dear Parishioners:

As I begin this article, I would like to thank you for your prayerful and financial support of our two parishes. Holy Cross and Our Mother of Sorrows would not be able to exist without the financial contributions of each of us. Thank you! In our two beautiful churches, the sacraments are celebrated every day, children at our Holy Cross School and in our Faith Formation, Youth, and Sacramental Preparation Programs learn about and grow in faith, the dead our prayed for, those grieving are comforted, and the poor receive food support they need. All this happens because of you! You, our parishioners, hear God’s encouragement to support this good work and you do with your prayer and financial offerings. In the future you will notice that we have standardized how we report the online offerings for each parish. This will decrease the reported deficit that each parish has and give a more accurate financial image for our two parishes. Please consider contributing to your parish (OMOS or HC) by way of electronic giving. This is a safe and easy way to make your financial offering. No matter how you give, thank you for your vital support!

Our Pastoral Planning Task Force is continuing its work. The pastoral leaders for the parishes in Greece, Hilton and Charlotte initiated the work of the task force with the intent of future collaboration among our parishes. Each of our parishes has two representatives on this advisory body. The Task Force is working on an overview of each of our parishes and we will be receiving updates from the Task Force occasionally in our bulletins on this important work.

Next week, Seminarian Mr. David Cataline will begin his Clinical Pastoral Education at Strong Memorial Hospital. During this summer he will reside in our rectory. Upon completing CPE, David has been assigned to the HC/OMOS community for a pastoral year by Bishop Matano. We look forward to having David return to our faith community and continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood within our diocese.

Please, register for our Liturgical Appreciation and  Update session set for Sunday, June 5 (see page 5). This conversation will help to improve the reverence and prayerfulness of our liturgical celebrations.  

Please join us in our Rosary Crusade, it is never too late. Please take time to ask for Mary’s intersession through this effort of our community. Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us. +

In Christ,

Fr. William G. Coffas, Pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows + Holy Cross 


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