A Memo from Father Flannery
Effective May 17, 2021
Diocesan guidelines propose continued use of face masks in church, but now allow for a broader range of exceptions: from those known to be fully vaccinated to the very young to those with certain medical conditions that clearly preclude the wearing of masks. Furthermore, pastors now have the authority to establish parish protocol. Therefore, at Historic St. Mary’s I kindly request that those who know themselves to be at risk of contracting or spreading the Covid 19 virus, on the honor system, wear a face mask while in the church and maintain a respectful distance of others.
Dear Parish Family
By now you may already be aware that I am again away from the parish. By means of this letter, I would like to explain to you in my own words what is happening
It is not easy for me to share such personal information, but I have come to believe that honesty will set your minds at ease and facilitate my well-being too. I am taking some time for healing and renewal following a struggle with depression and addiction.
I am grateful to the Bishop for giving me yet another opportunity to resolve this issue. And I know that I can count on all of you for understanding, support, and prayer. I have a great faith that everything happens for a reason in the will of God. And I am full of hope that I return to you a better priest and a more effective instrument of God's mercy, even to some of you, who also know this battle.
Be assured of my constant prayer for you before the Eucharistic Lord!
With paternal affection,
Thank you for reading this post. Thank you for coming to Historic St. Mary’s and worshipping with us. Thank you for your material and prayerful support. And thank you for living and sharing your faith in Jesus Christ, the only authentic means to peace and joy in the world. May the prayers of the Virgin Mary and St. Isaac Jogues accompany us all on our walk with the Good Lord!
Father Michael Flannery, Pastor