Weekly Message from Father Gase

Father Gase October 10, 2020

My Dear Parishioners,

It is nearly 7 months since the bishops of Ohio suspended publicly celebrated Masses and the governor closed the schools. The end of May brought the return of publicly celebrated Masses and August 31 was the first day of school at ICS...in person, five days per week! There were many unknowns which were navigated and many plans and procedures put in place not really knowing what would happen. In particular Mrs. Joy Tokarsky and Mr. Gary Taylor deserve all the credit in the world for making it happen and thus far we have been doing very well.

On the parish side of things your pastor of 12 years left for his homeland of Port Clinton and I came but you really weren't able to say goodbye to him. I wasn't really able to say goodbye to my previous parish in Findlay. I still really do not know many people here and I certainly have no clue what normal life looks like at Immaculate Conception.

I've found myself becoming frustrated lately...wanting normal to come back. Wanting to know what normal looks like in our parish and school. Wanting to actually be able to get to know you and for you to get to know me. However, I'm also trying to focus on the good things we have here and the good things we're able to do after the roller coaster of a year we have all had.

Let's not forget the craziness we've all been through and be grateful for what we have. Mrs. Tokarsky said it very correctly recently when she told me that masks enable our school kids to be here 5 days per week in person! Likewise masks enable us to be able to celebrate Mass together in person! We all have our opinions about them and it's a guarantee that none of us like them (I sure don't) but they enable us to be able to do these things that are good and necessary...like school and Mass.

Immaculate Mary, pray for us!

Father Gase

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