Dear Family of St. Matthias,
Greetings. I am Father Larry McNally and I am delighted to be your new pastor. I already feel very welcomed by Fr. John, the Rectory Staff, Sheila Klich, Karyn McGovern and the faculty. I have met some of our Parish Leaders already, and again, I have felt a warm welcome. I am glad to be with you.
My plan is to celebrate all the weekend Masses this month and the next month of August, so that I can pray with you and also get to meet you after Mass. I do not have a name preference—you can call me Fr. Larry, Fr. Lawrence (as my mother), Fr. McNally or simply, Larry. I am fine with any of these greetings.
With Karyn and Rory’s help, meetings have been set with representatives from all Parish Ministries and Organizations during the week of July 12th, so that I can meeting more Parishioners face to face as well as find out more about their Ministries and their Programs as well as meeting dates. I am a firm believer in ‘Pastoral Presence’ so I will be attending Parish meetings consistently so I can get ‘to know you’ and you can get to know me as well. I have already met with the “Friends of the Grape” and we meet once again this week, on Tuesday the 7th, to continue to plan for this event. I am looking forward to being a part of this event the first weekend of October. It sounds like a lot of fun and as they say: ‘a good time.’ I will keep you posted and updated on this event in the week to come.
St. Matthias has a long history of wonderful priests that have served here. Please know that Fr. John, Fr. Terry and all other priests who have served here are always welcome to come back for your Baptisms, Marriages and Funerals. Any of your priest relatives or your priest friends, or Deacon friends, are always welcome to come to St. Matthias to celebrate your Sacraments. All are most welcome.
I am compiling as much written material on Pope Francis encyclical as possible. As I have a better understanding of it, grasp of it, I will include a reflection on the encyclical in my weekend homilies.
Please know that I am going to pray for you every single day. I am glad to be here with you as your new pastor.
Have a good week.