As you are aware as of earlier this year, it was announced that Fr. Thom Blondin will become Pastor of the West Middlesex Catholic Family of Parishes beginning September 1st. This Family of Parishes include; St. Charles Garnier, Glencoe, Sacred Heart Delaware, Sacred Heart, Parkhill and All Saints, Strathroy.
In preparation for this new Family of Parishes starting September 1st, a number of decisions had to be made, with the help of the transition team, in order for Fr. Thom and our two associate priests to attend to the pastoral needs and number of weekend Masses of the four parishes, including 8 nursing homes, two hospitals (Strathroy & Newbury) and 7 schools.
In regard to Sacred Heart Parkhill, beginning this September the main office for our Family of Parishes will be located in Strathroy and the Office at Parkhill location will be closed. As well, Parkhill will no longer have a resident Priest as all the Priests will be living in community in Strathroy. The Sunday Mass time will not change, however, the Saturday evening Mass will not return in October as has been the custom in previous years.
St. Charles Garnier, Glencoe is already down to one Mass and no resident priest and no office.
Sacred Heart, Delaware has lost its church building, its resident priest and offices and has one Mass on Sundays celebrated at 11:30 am at Hope Community Christian Reformed Church, Mount Brydges.
As for All Saints Church, the 12noon Mass is being cancelled.
All these changes are being made to make the Family of Parishes manageable for all three priests.
These decisions did not come easily to Fr. Thom. Although Fr. Thom had the help of the Transition Team, of which I am a member, he was the one who ultimately had to make these decisions and he realizes there may be some parishioners from our Family of Parishes that will have great difficulty accepting these changes.
After saying this to all of you, Fr. Thom wants you to know that you are in his prayers and asks for your prayers. Times of transition can be difficult at the best of times, however, working together as Christian brothers and sisters will help us to grow together and form relationships. It is in relying on the power of the Holy Spirit that we can be assured that the future will be full of hope, light and joy.
Fr. Thom looks forward to our new journey together in which we continue to work towards a greater understanding of our call to Discipleship and being a Mission Oriented church.