I hope you are all doing well and are having a good summer. As you know, sadly we will be losing Laura Beissel as an employee at the Saint Timothy’s office. I want to thank her once again for all of her work, time, and sacrifices for the parish and the joyful and faithful way in which she did it. It was great to have her working for us here and she will be missed.
However, I am happy to announce that we have found a replacement. Actually, we have two replacements. Given the increased responsibilities of the parish office, the growing requirements of the Archdiocese and others, and the two parishes sharing clergy, we are shifting some of the responsibilities of the parish office and slightly adding hours to the overall workload. This is all being done hopefully to better meet the pastoral needs of the people of the parish.
I am pleased to announce that we have hired Rita Rasset, a parishioner of Saint Francis in Buffalo, to take over much of Laura’s workload. Rita comes to us from Buffalo Hospital where she has worked as an Employee Safety Specialist and Accreditation Lead, a Staff Development Specialist, and a nurse. Rita is very active in her parish and has served on the parish council, education advisory group, the liturgy committee, and more. She has served as a sacristan, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and more as a volunteer. We are blessed to have her here at Saint Timothy’s. She will be the new parish administrative assistant. Please join me in welcoming her.
Then, I am grateful to Lori Meyer, who will be a familiar face to many of you as a parishioner and someone working as the administrative assistant in the school, for taking on additional responsibilities for the parish office as our new “Parish Communications and Office Assistant”. She will largely take on the communication needs of the parish office, including the bulletin, the website, and social media, and otherwise assist with some of the behind the scenes office needs. We are blessed to have Lori’s help and presence and her using her gifts and abilities for the parish office in this way.
Among other things, then, Rita will be taking on a few of the responsibilities that were Karrie’s.
Please join me in welcoming Rita and Lori to the parish staff. I am hopeful this new arrangement and the new staff will help us to minister better and meet the needs of the parish more effectively in the years ahead. Let me know if you have any questions.