JULY 9, 2017
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”
I want to say a big Thank You to all here at Immaculate Conception who have helped make my first week very wonderful. Thank you also to all who helped get the rectory ready for my arrival. You have all been very kind and welcoming. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you all soon. Please keep reminding me of your names.
For those who were out of town for the holiday weekend last week, here are some things I shared as I introduced myself at Mass.
I go by Fr. VanDenBroeke, which you can easily remember by thinking, “I’d like a cookie…VanDenBroeke” because it rhymes!
My official title is “Parochial Administrator”, rather than “Pastor”. As my letter of appointment states, this position assumes “the responsibilities for governance of the parish…this includes full pastoral responsibility for care of souls of the parish. As parochial administrator, you are to have the rights and duties of a pastor”. The biggest difference between “Pastor” and “Parochial Administrator” is that a pastor has more permanence at a parish. The assumption is that after my first year, I will officially be named the pastor. In short, for all practical purposes, you can simply consider me your pastor, though it won’t be official or permanent until likely next year. In regular conversation, you can call me the pastor, but you will see my official title (such as in the bulletin) listed as Parochial Administrator.
Finally, I enjoy being invited over to parishioners’ homes, so please take advantage of that in the coming weeks and months! I eat pretty much anything, especially pizza, pasta, and anything on a grill. I also enjoy fresh bread and chocolate chip cookies. And I’m also very open to trying the Czech foods that I hear so much about!
You are in my daily prayers.
God bless you,
Fr. Nick VanDenBroeke