I have decided to discontinue the Latin Mass here at Immaculate Conception that was celebrated on Friday evenings. This is not an easy decision for me, since I am aware that it was a valuable time of prayer and worship for many who attended this Mass regularly.
I make this decision with a heavy heart. It is my hope that you can look back with gratitude that Fr. Troha, our former pastor, was able to provide the parish with this experience. Since I am not able to offer a Mass in the parish using the Extraordinary Form, I cannot envision seeing this Mass continuing.
Please refer to the complete letter to the left under Parish Documents explaining this decision.
I have been trying my best to meet all of our groups & ministries since arriving at our parish—I have visited a few & know that I have yet to visit many more. Saying this I, want to share with you a brief visit I had with our Legion of Mary; the ministry of our parish that represents us in our Lady's Name.
Little was I aware of all that the Legion does here at Immaculate Conception. I knew they were present with me when I celebrate Mass at the Nursing Homes in our parish boundaries. We serve the residents of Breckenridge, Emeritus, Manor Care & the Van Gorder Home. Upon my visit, I received a yearly report revealing to me the outreach & spiritual service the Legion provides to so many in our parish & in the extended community. The following is a list of what the Legion did from November 1, 2012 through October 31, 2013: I think you will be very impressed & proud of their efforts - I know I am!
Hospital visits: 1,237 totaling 117 hours Nursing Home Rosaries: 1,837 totaling 180 hours Nursing Home Masses: 75 totaling 310 hours Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Calls: 770 totaling 78 hours Right to Life Prayers: 18 hours Home Visits: 89 totaling 162 hours Wakes & Funerals: 103 totaling 91 hours 825 Rosaries & 560 Holy Cards & Medals were given away
I know the Legion of Mary does not want to draw attention to all they do—because we serve God & we never need to "keep score"—but as their pastor, I am very proud to share all that they do with all of you! If you are interested in joining the Legion of Mary, please contact me at the rectory & I will be sure to pass your name along to them.