Fr. Tom Gignac New Assignment

06-12-2021Pastor's CornerRev. Robert J. Deehan, V.F.

Our Parochial Vicar, Fr. Tom Gignac, has served here at Holy Family for the past five years. This has been his first assignment as a priest, having been ordained on May 21, 2016. After “learning the ropes” as a new priest while sharing his many gifts and faithful ministry with us, Cardinal Sean has now appointed him to a new assignment where he will have additional responsibilities and opportunities. Beginning July 1, 2021, Fr. Tom will become the Administrator of St. Bartholomew Parish in Needham, where he will assume leadership responsibility for the liturgical, spiritual, pastoral, formational, social and service dimensions of parish life as well as take on the various administrative duties akin to being a Pastor.

One unique duty of his will be to help prepare the parishioners of St. Bartholomew Parish for eventual entrance into a “collaborative” with the other parish in Needham, St. Joseph’s, which is led currently by Fr. Bryan Parrish, our former Pastor. This is in accord with the Pastoral Plan of the Archdiocese of Boston. All of this, unfortunately, will be without another assigned priest to assist him.

Fr. Tom’s final weekend Mass here at Holy Family Parish is this Sunday at 10:30am. A farewell reception for him will take place afterwards downstairs in the Msgr. Glynn Parish Center. I hope you will be able to attend and wish him well as takes up his new assignment, and thank him for his dedicated service to us here at Holy Family. I am grateful for the fine ministry Fr. Tom has provided our parish; he will be missed. In particular, he has made significant contributions to our parish liturgical and spiritual life, and has offered effective, compassionate ministry to the sick and bereaved, as well as helpful teaching and exegesis on the scriptures in his homilies. Please pray that the Lord will bless him in a special way with a happy and fruitful ministry in Needham.