Here’s the latest news from Our Lady of Atonement in San Antonio. This is from their parish newsletter, via Facebook.
So much has been happening with our transition into the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter! Of course, much of it is behind the scenes as our thirty four years as a parish of the archdiocese is translated into being the newest parish in the Ordinariate. Our new pastor, Fr. Mark Lewis, will be moving from Washington, D.C. with his wife Vickey, and we look forward to them taking up residence at the beginning of August. Fr. Moore continues his duties as parochial vicar, and will assist Fr. Lewis in the many pastoral duties in the parish. Fr. Phillips is our pastor emeritus and enters that state called “retirement.” He and JoAnn will continue living in their home by the church and school, and he will have additional duties throughout the wider Ordinariate, visiting and advising young communities and being available to his brother priests for anything they might need.
The main doors of the church are once again completely accessible and the beautiful stamped concrete work is continuing. It will result in a large open piazza between the existing building and the new building, which will be an ideal space for parish activities – King’s Fair, parish barbeques, etc. There are plans for a beautiful fountain near the main church entrance, with more trees and seating where people can gather after Mass. Additional outdoor gathering places will be under the large balcony, and at various other areas along the sides of the piazza.
There are five classrooms and the necessary restrooms ready for our Upper School students for the new academic year. The rest of the building is ready for finish-out as we need it (and as money is available!).
The paving will be finished very soon, and we will have expanded parking areas, including a large section for parking behind the new building.
A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
It’s wonderful to have the Solemnity of the Ascension returned to its proper day on Thursday, the fortieth day after Easter, and it will allow us to keep the Novena to the Holy Ghost leading up to the Solemnity of Pentecost.
Thursday, May 25th, is the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ into Heaven. Masses at 7 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 12 noon and 7:00 p.m.
Please remember: it is a HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION for members of the Ordinariate.