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From Bulletin, Sunday, February 16

Dear Members of Annunciation Catholic Church,

I write to you today to let you know that Archbishop Hebda and I have been discussing my assignment at Annunciation and believe it would be best for me to take a new assignment in the Archdiocese this summer. Accordingly, I will be leaving Annunciation at the end of June. I am grateful to Archbishop Hebda and Bishop Cozzens who have been very supportive as this decision was being discerned.

When Jennifer Cassidy let me know this would be her last school year as principal of Annunciation School, I began wondering if my leaving at the end of this school year would also be best; that way, a new pastor and a new principal could start working together from day one. In addition, given the needs of the Archdiocese and the gifts the Archbishop believes I have, it was likely I would be reassigned in 2021 at the end of my six-year term at Annunciation. We are simply moving up the process by one year. 

Also, because I will be leaving this summer, I will not be involved with the hiring of the new principal. We have put together a fantastic search committee and I believe they will do an excellent job in discerning who should be the next leader for our school. After consulting with the Archbishop, the parish trustees, Todd Radam and Matt Tuttle, have been chosen to work with Gayle Stoffel, Chris Nelson and the search committee to formally hire the new principal. In the event that a new pastor is identified before the new principal is chosen, it would be expected that his input would be considered by the search committee. 

Annunciation is a vibrant community with many opportunities for Jesus to be known and loved. Over these next few months, I am looking forward to so many of these moments: leading the next Awakening Retreat, celebrating the holy seasons of Lent, the Triduum, and Easter, welcoming members of our RCIA class into the fullness of our Catholic faith, the celebration of First Holy Communion for our 2nd graders and the Sacrament of Confirmation for our 8th graders, weddings, and so much more.

I am so grateful to God for bringing me here to Annunciation and for all the ways I have seen Him work in so many lives over the past five years. As we approach this time of transition for our parish and school, let us pray for the next pastor and principal, and let us pray that Annunciation would continue to be a bright light in South Minneapolis for Jesus Christ and His Church.

Grace and Peace,
Father Brian Park

ANNUNCIATION AWAKENING RETREAT: 

For those who have not been before, I invite you to come on our biannual retreat called the “Annunciation Awakening Retreat” on the weekend of March 13-15. The retreat will be held at Dunrovin Retreat Center, which is located on 50 secluded acres of national park in Marine on St. Croix, MN. At the retreat you will learn more about God the Father’s tremendous love for you and have the opportunity to establish and deepen your personal relationship with Christ.

The Retreat will include: Mass, Confession opportunities, Eucharistic Adoration, Communal Prayer Times, Music, Talks by Father Park, Small Groups/Fellowship, and time for silence & rest. You can sign up for the Awakening Retreat through our parish website: https://www.annunciationmsp.org/church/annunciation-awakening-retreat