Father Jason Catania has been group pastor of the Fellowship of Saint Alban in Rochester for all of three and a half months until last Saturday he announced to his community that he will be leaving them again at the end of this month to take over an assignment in Omaha, Nebraska. Here is the eMail which he subsequently wrote:
Dear members and friends of St. Alban’s,
Sung Mass according to the Ordinariate Use will once again be celebrated this Saturday evening at 5 pm for the Third Sunday of Easter at Good Shepherd Church in Henrietta. The bulletin for the liturgy can be viewed here. Confessions will be heard for twenty minutes prior to the Mass, and afterward, everyone is invited to the Wegman’s Cafe on Calkins Road for food and fellowship.
Those who were not present for Mass last Saturday may not be aware that I announced that I have received a new assignment from the Ordinariate beginning May 9. I will be moving to Nebraska, where I will be temporary administrator of a diocesan parish in the Archdiocese of Omaha until the end of June. Beginning July 1, I expect to serve communities in the city of Omaha.
I realize that my departure from Rochester will be a disappointment to many. This is especially the case for members of the Fellowship of St. Alban, who had hoped that I would remain here permanently and help provide this community with much-needed stability. Unfortunately, circumstances beyond the control of any of us have made it impossible for me to remain here. However, I continue to have the utmost confidence that Bishop Lopes will do everything in his power to provide this community with appropriate priestly leadership that it might fulfill the considerable potential I believe it to have.
My final Mass for St. Alban’s will be on Saturday, April 30. I ask your prayers as I prepare for the start this new ministry, but especially for the Fellowship of St. Alban as it faces a period of uncertainty and change.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Jason Catania
This will be the fourth posting for Fr. Catania in less than 18 months which, whatever the “circumstances beyond the control of any of us (which) have made it impossible for him to remain” is very frustrating for the communities involved (in Kitchener, Ontario, and Rochester, New York), to say the least. We hope and pray that a permanent solution can soon be found for both of these Ordinariate groups and naturally wish Fr. Catania some stability himself in Omaha.