March 24, 2020
In response to the Governor’s order, all church offices in the Diocese are closed, including St. Casimir offices, for the foreseeable future.
If you need a priest, please call St. Mary’s Cathedral at 517-484-5331 and follow the prompts to leave a message for Fr. Karl.
March 21, 2020
There were several new assignments announced this weekend throughout our diocese. One of those assignments affects us here at St. Casimir. Fr. David Hudgins has been named the pastor of St. Joseph Shrine in Brooklyn, MI, while still retaining his position and responsibilities as Judicial Vicar. Starting June 25, Fr. Hudgins will be here in Lansing on weekdays and in Brooklyn on the weekends. I am happy that he will be able to be a pastor again. I know he has a great heart to serve God’s people. We have been blessed to have him here with us, and will continue to enjoy him for the remaining months. Please keep Fr. David in your prayers that the balance of the two positions will be life giving to everyone involved.
The sadder news about this change is that there is no one coming to replace Fr. David. When I have spoken about the shortage of priests that was coming, I meant it and it is here. This change means, that I will need to structure the weekend Masses, so that I will be able to say all the weekend Masses at St. Mary and St. Casimir by myself. While I may get periodic help, I cannot count on something consistently. Beginning June 27/28, there will be only one weekend Mass at St. Casimir which will be on Sundays at 9:45 a.m.
This change draws us closer to the big question of when do we close? Our parish life as well as the staff will be greatly reduced at the end of this fiscal year. Our Parish Council has been discussing our future as a parish over the last several months. There have been a number of unknown variables which are now becoming clear. The bishop is fine with us living as a parish with one Mass for the next year until the Realigning Resources to Mission comes out with its report and recommendations for the whole diocese. At that point he will act, and changes in our diocese will begin to take place. Therefore if we want to make a change before then, it is up to us to decide. I have my own thoughts on this matter, which I have expressed to the Parish Council.
The outbreak of the Coronavirus is delaying some of our discussion, but we will be reengaging this question of what we want our immediate future to look like after Easter. I know this is hard news to be giving in this already stressed and difficult time. I am sorry.
I am hopeful that we will remain open through our Corn Roast and the beginning of our anniversary year. Beyond that? I think it is important that you have the correct information to bring to your own prayer and thoughts.
Let us keep each other in prayer. Fr. Karl Pung