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From Our Pastor

From Our Pastor

Dear Folks,

Thanks soooooo mucho!!!

I type this the day after my 25th Anniversary Mass  and party around the parish. Wow: to me this is where parish life is so unparalleled: families being families, enjoying a beautiful evening together, children running around having fun, mariachi band serenading! I once remember asking my parents why they loved Disney World, since they weren’t so much into riding rides: seeing us happy filled them with more joy than any ride could ever give.

Yesterday was amazing and another great moment of the faithful showering love upon priests…. Mass was late and long (a Fr. Mosimann tradition). My family was all there. My brother had his flight back from TX cancelled, so he and his wife drove through the night without stopping to arrive just as the homily was ending. He even noted that he got up to speak, the got a longer applause than I did! Then I stood outside for 4.5 hours, greeting folks, getting hugs, and thanking the Lord.

Being a priest is a great life. Words can not capture how grateful I am to the Lord for the mercy and love in this parish family.

Speaking of our parish family, Fr. Folmar is going to have to move to Annandale. On June 30, per the Bishop’s appointment Fr. Folmar will begin his new assignment to St. Michael’s parish!

I have greatly appreciated his presence and gracious spirit in the rectory. He is filled with so much joy! The entire parish has benefited from his ability to see joy in every day life!

Fr. Robert Renner will be ordained on June 4th and coming to replace him, thank you for welcoming him.

Priest moves always present a moment of sadness and necessity. As we close out the Easter season, we recall Jesus leaving so that He could send us the Spirit in power and might on Pentecost Sunday! He loves and sanctifies us in millions of ways every day from Baptism to the grave. The coming and going of priests is a concrete reminder to all of the faithful that we must love Jesus first, not the men who serve Him.

pax et bonum (peace and goodness),

Fr. John Mosimann

VI Sunday of Easter
May 22, 2022
Clergy Appointments

Clergy Appointments

Bishop Burbidge has announced the following clergy changes that affect St Mary, starting on Thursday, June 30:

After 4 years here at St Mary, Father Michael Folmar has been transferred to St Michael’s Parish in Annandale, Virginia.  We will all miss Father’s warmth and enthusiasm, and his ability to crush whatever task was assigned to him.  Please check the bulletin for upcoming information on a going away for Father Folmar.

In his place, the Bishop has assigned Deacon (Soon to be Father) Robert Renner.  Deacon Renner will be ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of St Thomas More by Bishop Burbidge on June 4 at 11am.  Deacon Renner was a seminarian assigned to St Mary’s two summers ago in 2020, but, unfortunately, that was the summer of the pandemic so many of you did not get a chance to meet him.

Please continue to keep Father Folmar and Deacon Renner in your prayers as they prepare for their new assignments.