PASTOR'S COLUMN, SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018

Submitted by St. Mary on Sun, 03/04/2018 - 9:47am

Dear Parishioners:

   Now is an occasion to extend blessings and congratulations!  First of all, blessings and congratulations to Fr. Joe Seebauer, who this weekend  is being officially installed as Pastor of two faith communities in Bedford.  Bishop Nelson Perez will serve as Celebrant at the 8 a.m. Mass at St. Mary and, subsequently, the 11 a.m. Mass at Our Lady of Hope.  I apologize that I failed to put this news out sooner, so that individuals could have planned to attend.  I know that Fr. Joe would value all cards and notes of prayerful support.  To facilitate this, here once again is his mailing address:

Rev. Joseph Seebauer

St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception

340 Union Street

Bedford, OH 44146

   Next, blessings and congratulations to Fr. Charlie Strebler, who will soon also be installed, as the fourth pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Avon Lake.  Once again, Bishop Perez will preside (this gives an inkling of an idea as to a bishop’s schedule!) at the 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday, March 11.  Holy Spirit Church is located at 410 Lear Road, Avon Lake, Ohio 44012.  It is a blessing to witness one’s pastoral colleagues as they embrace new ministries and leadership.  Just in case one wonders why Fr. Joe is only now being installed: since he received his assignment during the period where we did not have a permanent Ordinary, Bishop Thomas (Apostolic Administrator) named him Administrator.  He was doing all the work of a pastor immediately; the formal rite simply was delayed.

   Additionally, I want to extend blessings and congratulations to a young man from the College of Wooster  community: Patrick Mohorcic, who was named the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain.  You may have read an article in the local newspaper, related to this honor.  Patrick is a senior at the college.  We have seen him consistently join the St. Mary community for weekend Mass over these years. 

   Clearly, this Gilmore Academy alumnus, a South Euclid native, has a passion for service.  Specifically, he has been highly involved in student organization called Men Working For Change. Though the group was established several years prior to Mohorcic's freshman year, it had been disbanded by the time he arrived on campus. Mohorcic played a significant role in revitalizing the group, which raises advocacy and awareness about ways to prevent sexual assault through seminars and other planned events on campus.

   Additionally, Patrick is a co-founder of ScotsCare, an organization that is working to develop a positive connection between Wooster athletic programs and students at Ida Sue School.   Well done!

Peace,

          Fr. Stephen