Explanation of the future at St. Agnes
Changes are a challenge and sometimes can cause confusion or concern, as when Fr. Murphy now leaves St. Agnes to begin his service in another wonderful parish, Our Lady of Victory. You probably recall that when he entered his new assignment here at St. Agnes, he had great desires to help the faithful of the parish through his many ways to serve you, especially celebrating Mass and the sacrament of Confession.
Now it is my turn to step into the new assignment at St. Agnes and I am happy about joining you so we continue the great and wonderful tradition that has been going on in our parish for many years. To serve you is my purpose and I look forward to learning from the faithful of the parish about how prayer and the sacraments at St. Agnes can help us reach out to faithful Catholics in Midtown Manhattan. In short, as a true New Yorker I do not have any intention to change the parish where I used to attend Mass and along with the support of Bishop John O’Hara, Fr. Bill Elder, Fr. Roger Landry and with the help of Fr. Don Haggerty, I am counting on all the present staff at St. Agnes to help me and Fr. Brisson. We need your prayers! As you might expect, you can all count on our prayers for you.
In this Year of Mercy Our Lord has asked all of us, you and Fr. Brisson and me, to trust in his complete love for us and we ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to guide us together at St. Agnes.
Rev. Michael J. Barrett, S.Th.D