Letter to the Parish

December 10, 2017

I want to inform all of you that I will be transferring to a new parish on July 1st, 2018.

When I arrived at SMT ten years ago, in July of 2007, the parish was considered unviable due to the inconsistency and lack of leadership after the retirement of Msgr. O’Leary in 2003 he archdiocese was planning to twin SMT with a neighboring parish.

Over the past ten years, through the generosity, participation, and talents of many of you, we have rebuilt and reestablished a firm foundation of operation. SMT is a viable parish once again. With much faith, I believe the parish will benefit from a new leader to help you grow to a new level.

I sincerely thank all of you for your friendship and support during my time here at SMT. It has been a great experience for me and I have nothing but wonderful thoughts and feelings about you and the parish. I want to thank in a special way all of you with whom I have worked closely in various capacities. Your dedication, talents and support have been a true inspiration to me    in serving our parish community.

I will remain here until June 30, 2018. During this time of transition, no new major projects will be introduced. The staff and volunteers in leadership roles will remain in place to provide continuity for your new pastor.

SMT is currently on the list of open parishes so that all priests in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles can apply if they wish to do so. The Archdiocese will appoint a new pastor, who will begin on July 1st, 2018. We should      expect an announcement on the new assignments sometime between March and May of 2018.

It is natural to feel anxious and concerned due to the uncertainty of the transitional process, but as people of faith we must trust in God’s Providence. I wholeheartedly trust that God knows what is best for us. I believe that God will always lead us to where we need to be. It is fitting that we are entering the Season of Advent: a time of waiting, expectation and longing for the coming of God into our world. Advent invites us to change, to open our eyes and recognize how wonderfully God enters our lives in ways that are beyond our expectations.

Again, I am so very grateful to all you for your friendship, support and participation in building up and serving our parish community. As we enter this phase of transition, please pray for me, as I remember you in my daily prayers.

Susana Nieto