BY JENNIFER YATES
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester has announced that Father Robert Scott Bourcy, the current pastor of St. Catherine of Siena in Mendon, will also be the pastor of the Church of the Transfiguration in Pittsford starting June 29. Due to a declining number of priests in the diocese, more parishes have begun sharing their priest leader. The two parishes are looking forward to this new opportunity.
Fr. Mike Bausch, longtime pastor of the Church of the Transfiguration in Pittsford, will be retiring. Under the cluster arrangement, the churches will remain two separate parishes under both church and secular law, but will have a common pastor, Fr. Rob Bourcy.
“I think this will be a good move for both parishes,” says Jennifer Yates, parishioner and Parish Pastoral Council Chair at St. Catherine’s. “We were able to see the need ahead of time and realize that both parishes already do so many things together, so it was just a natural fit to come together and cluster.”
The biggest change is that of the mass times for both churches. Beginning June 26 & 27, Church of the Transfiguration will have 4pm mass on Sat and 8:45am mass on Sun. St. Catherine’s will have 5:30pm mass on Sat and 10:45am mass on Sun. Instead of just three options, parishioners will now be able to choose among four available masses on the weekend. It is only a short 10-minute drive on Route 64 to get from either church to the other.
Fr. Rob Bourcy is humbled to be able to serve both churches in this capacity. He looks forward to new friendships among the faith families at the Church of the Transfiguration and St. Catherine of Siena as well as opportunities to benefit from each parish’s multitude of ministries.
We extend our sincere congratulations to Fr. Rob Bourcy and wish Fr. Mike Bausch a happy and well-deserved retirement.