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New Summer Schedule

Dearest Friends, 

As you know, over the past several weeks we have been discussing the idea of having a summer schedule for our parish. We began this discussion last year under the advisement of Bishop Barnes when I presented to him my concerns about the fiscal health of the parish. In this past year we were doing well until the roofs at both St, Mary’s and St Christopher’s needed replacement and repairs. The cost of the needed work is $80,000 dollars. This expense was not budgeted, and simply put we don’t have the money to cover this, so cuts have to be made.

Therefore, after consultation with the Pastoral council, Finance council, Parish staff, and you the parishioners, I have decided that we will implement a summer schedule to cut on electrical costs for the parish. So from Memorial Day to Labor Day, we will move the Saturday vigil mass from 4:00pm in Joshua Tree to 4:30pm in Yucca Valley. I know this decision will be inconvenient and upsetting for some of you. I am truly sorry for this but I think this is the most responsible option at this time for the overall good of the parish. For those of you that have difficulties getting to Yucca Valley several people have offered to car pool.

Again I acknowledge the difficulty this will cause some, but I think it is best. I thank you for your prayers and input in this mater, and humbly ask for your continued prayers for me and our parish community.

Yours in Christ

Rev. Mark Bertelli

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