Church of the Holy Family
Building on the Past
December 31, 2011
Dear Parishioners of St. Columba and Holy Family,
After many years of faithful ministry, Fr. Daniel Cronin has indicated that he plans to retire as Pastor of St. Columba Parish. I am grateful to Father for his dedicated priestly ministry especially to the people of St. Columba. He has truly gone above and beyond what was expected of him and now he should be allowed some well-deserved rest and a more leisurely schedule.
In order to provide for the pastoral needs of the people of St. Columba, I am appointing Fr. Michael Smith the pastor of St. Columba while continuing as pastor of Holy Family in Hebron. I very much appreciate Fr. Michael's generosity in his willingness to serve both parishes. He is a fine priest and I am confident both communities will continue to thrive under his very capable leadership and ministry.
I am sure that many of you have been anticipating this yoking of your parishes for quite some time. It brings to the fore the reality of our current situation. Fewer priests available to serve our parishes requires that we adjust and find new ways to meet the spiritual needs of our people and above all insure that the Eucharist and other sacraments remain readily available. Change is never easy, but it is at the same time that which brings about new growth. During this transition, I ask your patience and cooperation. I sincerely hope that this new arrangement can be seen as an opportunity for your parishes to work together in such a way as to create even more vibrant faith communities.
May God, who in the incarnation took on human flesh and made his dwelling among us, be near to you and your loved ones in this Christmas season.
With every best wish I am,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Michael R. Cote
Bishop of Norwich
The Church of the Holy Family held its first Masses on the weekend of January 10, 1987 with no church building and over 700 people attending. Our community labor of love turned into reality after seven long years of fundraising when ground was broken for a 350 seat New England Style Church on Route 85 in the Amston section of Hebron. Dedicated on October 9, 1994 our church building enables parishioners, clergy, friends and community to come together weekly as a Holy Family.
We have been blessed to have the following pastors guide us in our journey of faith. Each has shared their special gifts, left behind their personal imprint and contributed greatly to The Church of the Holy Family.
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