A Note From Fr. Derek

A Note from Fr. Derek


Last week I was able to have my first meeting with the Parish Pastoral Council since my arrival here at St. Bartholomew.  The Parish Pastoral Council is a group that is intended to be representative of the greater parish population that serves in an advisory role to the pastor helping him to understand the needs of the parish and to provide him advice in exercising his ministry to the parishioners.  There are a couple of things that I brought to the Council for their input that I would like to share with you in this column.  First of all, I expressed my desire to move the tabernacle from its current place to the back altar in the center of the church, underneath the crucifix.  The General Instruction of the Roman Missal, which provides the rubrics for the celebration of our worship notes that the placement of the tabernacle should be conspicuous, that is to say, clearly visible.  In its current spot, the tabernacle is not visible from various parts of the church.  Theologically speaking, also, the Eucharist commemorates and makes present to us the once-for-all offering of Christ on the cross for the salvation of the world.  Placing the tabernacle under the crucifix shows a greater link between the Sacrament and what it is and represents.  We are looking towards the possibility of moving the tabernacle for the First Sunday of Advent.

            A number of people have also spoken to me about the sign for the church.  I am in total agreement that the signage around the church needs a lot of work.  I have informed the Parish Pastoral Council that I have been in contact with an architect about the best ways to do this.

            I also spoke to the Parish Pastoral Council about the schedule for Confessions.  Currently the schedule has been that from 2:30 to 3:00 the priest is available in one of the crying rooms for face-to-face Confession and then from 3:15 to 3:45 in the confessional box.  My experience has been, since arriving at St. Bart’s, that nobody is coming that early for Confessions.  After consulting with the Parish Council, I have decided that the Confession schedule will be modified to 3:00 to 3:45 in the confessional box, beginning next week.

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