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A Change is Happening

Over the past several weeks Bishop Strickland and I have been in conversation about my transfer from our parish.  This week I received a letter assigning me as Pastor of St. Mary’s in Longview.  This change will be effective August 1st.   

Fr. Patrick Hartnett has been assigned as the new Pastor our OLOS.  He will begin here on August 1st as well.  Fr. Patrick is a wonderful priest who has been ordained four years.  He is currently serving as Parochial Vicar at St. Michael’s in Mount Pleasant.  He was ordained for our diocese and was born in Ireland.  He has been well-loved by the people of St. Michael’s and will add greatly to OLOS. 

Change is always very hard.  For the past ten years you have all been my family.  We have been together for many marriages, births, illnesses, family turmoil and deaths.  You have been very patient and kind to me as well as very forgiving of my faults. I will be here at OLOS through July.  If possible I may be away for a few days for rest and prayer before taking on the new challenge. If you would like to visit or call please do so. 

You are all very dear to me. 

With Confidence in Christ,




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We Went "Crayola Crazy"

Thank you for donating 698 boxes of crayons for our Back to School Fair!  More than 80% of children in Jacksonville ISD are in economically disadvantaged families.  Your generosity helps increase self esteem and increases the possibility they will do well in school.  Thank you all so very much.


Summer Lunch Program Success

Our ninth annual Summer Lunch Program has provided meals and activities to more than 130 children through the summer.  I am very grateful to the many volunteers for their service and care.  They provided more than a meal, but also an opportunity to talk with adults, read and have stories read to them.  Our Knights of Columbus and other great volunteers drove the parish van to pick up children from their homes and return them safely.  Thank you to all!!



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