In the spring of 2005 Bishop DiLorenzo assigned one priest to pastor the parishes of Holy Angels, Resurrection, St. Mary and St. Paul. In doing so he created a relationship among these four communities we call the Cluster. On June 13 of that same year, Fr. Romeo Jazmin took his place as the first Pastor with Fr. Alex Credo as Parochial Vicar. Although an arrangement like this was a result of the declining number of priests in our diocese, it is also an insightful call to better utilize the resources of our parishes for the building up of the Kingdom of God.
The process of creating an efficient, productive, life-giving and spirit-filled Cluster is not an easy one, but many have given so much to ensure that we are successful. A number of priests have served the Cluster: Fr. Romeo Jazmin and Fr. Alex Credo, Fr. Michael Boehling, Fr. Kevin Segerblom, Fr. Jonathan Goertz, Fr. David Cupps, Fr. Chris Hess, Fr. Gino Rossi, and Fr. Jet Garcia, the current Pastor. In addition to the clergy, the Cluster is served by a professional lay staff and countless parish volunteers.
Dedication to the Cluster project by all of these has allowed us to overcome many obstacles and grow in our faith together. The Cluster has struggled through changes in leadership, changes in Mass schedules, changes in policies and procedures, and many other difficulties besides. However, our mutual struggle has born great fruit in many ways as it has allowed us to come together as one community to celebrate the liturgies Holy Week, spend time in Eucharistic adoration, pray the Stations of the Cross, celebrate Holy Days and Thanksgiving together, share forgiveness together in seasonal Reconciliation services, bless married couples, bless animals, travel to diocesan celebrations like the Ordination of Priests and the annual Chrism Mass. It has brought us together in praise and worship in what we hope will become an annual hymn sing. It has born new ministry experiences like our relationship with the people of Haiti and has invigorated other ministries like our commitment to migrant workers and the unborn. It has caused us to take a new look at our approach to adult formation, youth ministry, RCIA, baptism and confirmation preparation, marriage preparation and Vacation Bible School. It has challenged us to see beyond our parish boundaries as Pastoral Councils and Finance Councils come together to solve the problems of this growing Cluster and prepare a vision for our future.
Although the discouraging reality of the decline in the number of priests brought us together, the parishes of the Cluster have found in this an opportunity to help each other, to be in communion with each other and to support each other in ministry. We truly share one faith, one hope, one baptism. It is one and the same Spirit who inspires all of us. Since its inception in 2005, the Cluster has experienced how challenging but wonderfully rewarding following the movement of that Spirit can be.