A Future Full of Hope

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On Monday, 23 April 2018, Fr. Trask spoke to a combined parish presence (both Sacred Heart and St. Patrick) of more than 125 parishioners about the shared pastorate into which both parishes will be entering on 1 July 2018.  For more than 45 minutes, Fr. Trask offered background and considerations that were involved in developing the new Mass schedule that will take effect on 2 June 2018.

The slides, but not the dialog that accompanied them, are available in PDF format; click here to download the 1.6MB presentation file.


The presentation slides for the Monday, April 2nd Parish Town Hall meeting are available in PDF form by clicking here.   In addition to commentary on the various slides, opinions were solicited concerning the various Mass schedules that parishioners "could live with." A common response following the meeting was: "Father, you answered every question we had."

Feedback from this evenings Town Hall meeting will be discussed by the St. Patrick/Sacred Heart Transition Committee at their April 5th meeting.   The new Mass schedule will be announced at the joint Sacred Heart / St. Patrick Parish Town Hall meeting to be held at Sacred Heart Parish on Monday, 23 April 2018 at 7PM.  It will then be implemented starting Saturday, 2 June 2018.


On Monday, April 2nd at 7PM, there will be a St. Patrick Parish Town Hall meeting in the church to begin discussion of particular adjustments that will need to be made at each parish to accommodate a single priest/pastor celebrating weekend & weekday Masses; other issues that were highlighted at the Wednesday, 21 March 2018 meeting will also be discussed.  (Sacred Heart Parishioners will gather simultaneously in Oberlin to discuss the same topics.)


On 23 March 2018, Bp. Nelson Perez officially appointed Fr. Trask as Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish effective 1 July 2018.  This assignment is in addition to his assignment as Pastor of St. Patrick Parish.   His letter of appointment is available here.


On Wednesday, 21 March 2018, Sr. Rita Mary Harwood (a representative of the Diocese) presented details of the shared pastorate initiative that will guide and direct the combined efforts of St. Patrick and Sacred Heart Parishes.  Emphatically stated were the facts that: neither parish is closing, and; neither parish is merging.  Each entity will retain its individual identity as they share Fr. Trask as their pastor.

To view slides of this evening's PowerPoint presentation, as well as the handouts shared, click here.


On the weekend of 17/18 March 2018, it was announced that Bp. Nelson J. Perez, bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, has granted early retirement to Fr. Robert Cole (pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Oberlin), effective 1 July 2018, for health reasons.  It was further announced that Fr. David Trask, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Wellington, will serve as pastor of both parishes as of 1 July 2018.

Please Click here to read the announcement from the Bishop's Office of Clergy and Religious.

Please click here to read Fr. Trask's personal announcement of his assuming the role of "Shared Pastorate."

Please click here to read Fr. Cole's personal announcement of his retirement.