With our summer season coming to an end we are gearing up for yet another busy year of ministry and service here at St. Mary’s and the Missions Parish. It is my great joy to begin my appointment as the Pastor of this wonderful parish, along with Fr. Emmanuel Ogboli, our new Associate Pastor. We are both new to this community and so we ask for your kindness and patience, as it will take us some time to become familiar with our new parish family. A change of priests is not easy on the parish, but please be assured that we will do our best to make this transition as smooth as we can. I want to express special thanks to the priests that we are replacing, Fr. Rafal Tomon and Fr. James McSharry. They have served this parish community well and for that I am very grateful. It is my hope that we can continue to strengthen one another by our life of faith and service to God whose love and mercy are our salvation.