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.
Dedication to the Cluster project by our clergy, professional lay staff, and countless volunteers has allowed us to grow in our faith together. It has allowed us to come together as one community to celebrate the liturgies during 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, and travel to diocesan celebrations such as Ordinations and the annual Chrism Mass. It has born new ministry experiences and has invigorated other existing ministries. 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 we come together to solve the problems of this growing Cluster and prepare a vision for our future.
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.