I hope this finds you well during this Easter Season. I write you to share a couple of items of “news” that will interest you. In addition, there is also additional information about the ongoing strategic planning process here in Tacoma along with this email.
As you all know, we continue to deal with a significant amount of crime and vandalism, along with an increase in the population of people with mental illness, drug addiction, and homelessness, in the neighborhoods surrounding the parish. People leave needles, human waste, and trash behind. When you come to the parish, please be aware of your surroundings. Don’t leave belongings in your car, and don’t engage with people loitering about. For your safety, please be careful!
In addition, we had a young Catholic couple reside in the old rectory as “caretakers” for most of last year. Their presence on the grounds deterred much nefarious activity. They also did a daily security check of the buildings. However, they recently moved to Spokane. Fortunately, a young attorney moved to town and was looking for a similar situation. So, the parish has a new caretaker residing in the rectory to look after the property. Remember that he does not work for the church; he is simply in residence. So please refrain from knocking on the door to ask him parish-related questions etc. Please continue to direct all questions or concerns to me.
With every best wish and prayer, I remain
Yours in Christ the Lord,
Fr. David Mulholland
Rev. David Mulholland