Recently I requested permission to retire. Bishop Parkes has granted my request, effective June 30th. By that time, God willing, I will have completed 46 years in the priesthood, and 40 years as a Pastor – 35 as Pastor of Blessed Sacrament. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that I intend to continue to live in Tallahassee, and will be available to serve as needed. My years at Blessed Sacrament have been filled with happiness and fulfillment for me as your Pastor. If you enjoyed them half as much as I did, I am happy.
June 30th is still several weeks off. Lots of things to do, and lots of souls to save!
Bishop Parkes will be making the announcement about the new Pastor for Blessed Sacrament later this month, or early May!
Yours in Christ,
Msgr. John V. O’Sullivan
All middle and high school girls are invited to join in our first ever Nun Run, June 5-9th. We will be visiting, praying with and working alongside different orders of sisters and nuns through Alabama, Nashville and Atlanta. This is a beautiful opportunity for our girls to broaden their perspective of religious life. Cost is $200 and includes travel, meals and lodging. Please contact Natalie Hand at 894-6316, or gahnat@Comcast.net for more information. Money is due May 8th.
Good News Outreach is collecting cell phones & smartphones of all types to raise funds for our organization. The money for every donated phone will provide food, shelter and program services for the less fortunate members of our community. Phones may be dropped off at Good News Outreach, 242 Lafayette St. between the hours of 8 A.M. and 4 P.M. Monday through Thursday. for further information, please call 412-0016.
In May, the Neumann Center Book Club will discuss “Jesus of Nazareth/What He Wanted, Who He Was.” by Gerhard Lohfink. Fr. Daniel Harrington, professor of New Testament at Boston College, called Fr. Lohfink’s book “the best Jesus book I know.” Fr. James Martin, author of “My Life with the Saints,” said what makes Fr. Lohfink’s book “so richly satisfying is its seamless attention to both the ‘Jesus of history’ and the ‘Christ of faith.’” The Book Club meets at 7:30 P.M. on the second Monday of each month. New and occasional participants are always welcome. Questions? Call Jackie Hallifax at 878-5826.
Boys from Troop 118 and Pack 118 will be offering the 2014 Camp Cards during the weekends of April 26th and 27th and May 3rd and 4th. The sale of these cards will help the scouts raise funds to pay for their Summer Scouting Program, as well as purchase camping equipment like tents, backpacks, and sleeping bags! Each Camp Card costs $5 and could pay for itself the first time it’s used! For more information on the cards, contact Gary Seamans (656-6804) or Chris Brockmeier (251-3014).
As the Diocese of Pensacola – Tallahassee continues to serve the Kingdom of God in our midst, Bishop Parkes, along with a representative team of leaders from the diocese, is seeking your input and counsel. On April 28th, from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. at St. Thomas More, a listening session will be hosted so as to address 3 questions: 1) What are we doing well as a diocese that helps you grow in your faith and relationship with the Lord? 2) when you think about the diocese what 1 or 2 areas of focus would you recommend for the next few years? And 3) what would you like to see accomplished within the next two years for more effective ministry and pastoral care throughout the diocese? On behalf of Bishop Parkes, we would welcome your input on these three questions as a means to facilitate discernment.