May 27, 2018


Fr. Charles and I will be at the parishes of the Blue Hills Collaborative 4 years on June 3. We are so grateful to so many of our parishioners and friends for your welcoming spirit and affirmation since our arrival. As you know, it was our choice to come to Most Precious Blood, St. Pius X, and St. Anne. We realize how challenging the transition has been for each of you to be these independent and distinct parishes one day and becoming a Collaborative the next. We also had to do a lot of adjusting. We are proud of the response of so many who love the Catholic Church and have a deep faith in God. You have been a source of strength and admiration. We have accomplished much and at the same time have faced issues that brought about anxiety. 

The Archdiocese has been very supportive of the entire collaborative process (Disciples in Mission). They are always available for consultation and have been present to us individually, as a staff, and to our parishes, when necessary.

When we came, the Archdiocese advised us to put together a staff consisting of a Chief of Finance and Operations, a Director of Ministries, and Office Manager, and administrative staff. We brought these staff members on board through a process overseen by the Archdiocese and moved all of the Collaborative offices to the former St. Anne School. It has become the Collaborative Center.

These are very challenging positions and we believe we have been serving the parishioners of our Collaborative with dignity and respect. Many of our parishioners have come to know our staff because of daily interaction personally, or by email or text. 

Our Office Manager (Karen King) retired last November. Our Finance & Operations Director (John Matthews) has been out on a leave of absence since February 1, and Stephen May, our Director of Ministries will leave to begin ministry in another parish on May 31.  :-(

We are so grateful to all three of them for their ministry within the Collaborative.

Our administrative staff (Ana Chavez & Patricia Grant) have truly gone above and beyond the call of duty these past months. They have learned so much about the responsibilities of our other staff members and have been carrying on with the utmost professionalism. I will be forever grateful for their willingness and ability to assure that the people of our parishes and community are served well.

Fr. Charles and I are meeting to assess our priorities as a collaborative and a staff. This is an opportunity to look at all our ministries and how they best serve the goals of “Disciples in Mission.” 

Be assured that the vibrancy and spiritual life of St. Anne, Most Precious Blood, and St. Pius X parishes is our priority.

Enjoy life!
Fr. Coyne


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