The Pastor’s RANT by Fr. Pat Mulcahy

Weekly Reflections, Announcements, News & Thoughts by Fr. Pat Mulcahy

We don’t want a good priest, we want you…”

A Simple Introduction…

Change can be difficult and adjusting to new surroundings and people take time. In a previous parish move, I announced to the school kids that I would be moving to a new parish. I tried to make it easier for them by telling them that the Bishop would be sending a good priest to take my place. One little girl said to me…Fr. Pat, we don’t want a good priest, we want you.” Nothing like a child’s innocence to keep you humble! Well, in that spirit, I introduce myself to you with a bit of my biography…

I am 52 years old and the youngest of five kids. I was born in San Antonio, Texas (hence, my affinity for the Dallas Cowboys!). My Dad was in the Air Force for 21+ years so we traveled a great deal in my youth as we lived in Spain, Germany, and other places. After my Dad’s retirement, we settled here in North San Diego County and this is where I have lived for the majority of my life. I graduated from UC San Diego and entered the seminary to discern a call to priesthood for service here in San Diego. I was ordained on June 30, 1995 and have served in various parishes throughout our diocese including, St. John the Evangelist in Encinitas, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Calexico, St. Francis of Assisi in Vista, St. Mary, Star of the Sea in Oceanside, Corpus Christi Parish in Bonita, and St. Joseph Cathedral in Downtown San Diego. It has been an amazing and grace-filled 24 years! I look forward to what God lays before us in the coming years here at Mary, Star of the Sea Parish and Stella Maris Academy.

Thank! Thank You! Thank You!

I am grateful for all those who joined us this past Friday for a little evening hospitality and a gracious welcome. Thank you to all the volunteers who shared their efforts and talents to make it a special gathering of food and fellowship.

Please check this column each week for happenings and news from the parish as well as reflections on the Sunday readings. I will do my best to make it worth your read!

In Christ’s love, Fr. Pat