There have been much goings on lately in the parish and some amount of adjustments that will be done to accomodate the recent reshuffling of priests in the archdiocese.
I shall be around IHM for a little while longer, but Fr Luke will be posted to another parish at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Yishun. Fr William Lim, formerly assistant priest at Our Lady Queen of Peace, will be the new parish priest of IHM parish. The latest Catholic News piece on this transfer have mistakenly reported that he will be the assistant priest of IHM. As for Fr Joseph Tan, he is on 6 months medical leave and is currently resting at home. A total of 8 priests are involved in this reshuffling and affected 6 parishes.
Understandably the mood all over has been one of mixed reactions and a sense of anxiety on both the part of the priests concerned and the parishioners of the affected churches. One of the main concerns among the parishioners is the question of how the new priests in their newly respective posted parishes will be, in terms of working and personal relationships within those parishes. For those who are new in their role as first-time parish priests, the anxiety and anticipation is perhaps even higher.
Time will tell how all this will all turn out.
Meanwhile, I am somewhat above this fray and just wondering how I am going to shift my stuff again back to the main priests' house (I am temporary residing on the top floor of the parish's Retreat House)!...
Incidentally, if you have time to spare you could drop by here and get a copy of my reflection for this weekend. It is also found at the back page of the parish Sunday's bulletin.