The Diocese of Metuchen has informed St. Joseph Catholic Community that, effective July 1, Rev. Pauly Thekkan has been assigned residence here at the parish, with ministry at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerville.
In addition, and also effective July 1, Rev. Lukasz Blicharski is assigned as parochial vicar to Sacred Heart Parish, South Amboy.
This looks to be a “trade” that will benefit both “teams.” Fr. Thekkan will be able to minister to hospitalized parishioners as part of his overall chaplaincy duties, as well as take the occasional Sunday/weekday Mass. Fr. Blicharski will be able to put his Polish, English and Spanish to good use in South Amboy, where Mass is celebrated in those languages.
We wish peace and light to all those who find themselves in transition these days.