News from Fr. Vyverman
What a minute. Isn’t this July? Why is Fr. Mark writing a column when he said he was taking the month off from doing so? I decided to break my tradition for this weekend only due to the fact that Bishop has reassigned Fr. Gomez to St. Joseph Parish in Battle Creek, effective this next week. This is what happens when two priests retire and another Columbian priest is recalled to his home diocese.
This is Fr. Gomez’s last weekend in Coldwater and Union City. We have been blessed over the past few months to host him here. He has been learning English, learning how to drive, and also learning about a whole new country. He has had a lot to learn and I think we have provided a great environment for him to learn.
As you may have guessed, over the years I have become the priest that trains other priests and seminarians. This is not only the newly ordained, but also those who come into this country and are serving in the Diocese of Kalamazoo.
The timing was just about perfect for me. I didn’t intend to have a heart episode and pacemaker surgery just a few months after my arrival here. It was nice to be able to have Father around to help me recover after surgery.
This transfer means we will have to make some adjustments to the daily Mass schedule. After the Monday Mass this week, I will no longer offer daily Mass on Mondays (my day off) unless it is a Holy Day or a funeral comes in. Also, we are discontinuing the Thursday night Mass at Union City, except on the 3rd Thursday of the month (Parish Council night). If I receive another priest trainee, we will look at adding these Masses back into the schedule.
Even though Fr. Gomez was with us for a short time, our thank yous are sincere. God bless and thank you for helping us out these past few months. We wish you well!
Thanks for reading!