At mass this weekend, many of you heard that Father Michael has taken a leave of absence from Church of the Holy Family. We wanted to share the below message from Deacon Ben with you as well as the full text of the letter from Bishop Cote.
We know that you may have questions about what a leave of absence is and how they work. We also know that that there are lots of feelings and concern for Father Michael when we have more questions than answers. But, your Youth Ministry team is going to try to answer some of these questions for you and help you get through this period of change. For starters, we invite you to join us this Saturday Night for our Youth Night: "Unfinished". Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to any of your Core Team members.
Please join us in lifting up Father Michael and our two communities in prayer.
In His love, COHF Youth Ministry Team
Fr. Michael has been granted a leave of absence for personal reasons (see below). Fr. Michael is fine, and he wants you to know that he loves you, and he asks for your prayers and patience during this time in which he wishes to discern and reflect in private.
In the interim, Fr. Brian Romanowski will be the Administrator of the Church of the Holy Family and St. Columba. Let me assure you that Fr. Brian and I will do everything in our power to serve the needs our parishes during this challenging time.
God Bless You All,
Dear Parishioners of Holy Family Parish, Hebron and St. Columba Parish, Columbia
By this letter, I write to inform you that I have granted a leave of absence for personal reasons to your pastor, Fr. Michael Smith. This leave is effective immediately. I have no doubt that this news will be greeted with deep sadness, as Fr. Michael has served you well over these many years. At this time, I ask that you join with me in keeping him in your daily prayers.
In the interim, I have appointed Fr. Brian Romanowski to serve as administrator of Holy Family and St. Columba, to attend to the spiritual and temporal needs of your parish communities.
Please be assured of my prayerful best wishes at this time.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D.
Bishop of Norwich