Back in the fall I let you know that our long-time Parish Secretary, Linda Fitzpatrick, announced her retirement after 27 years of service to the parish.  Linda’s last day will be February 1st; she gave us plenty of notice so that she’d have some time to work with the new secretary.  After all, 27 years is a long time.  There’s a whole lot of knowledge to hand on!


I’m very happy to announce that, after a very thorough search, we have hired a new Parish Secretary, Mrs. Amy Tatay.  While I’m using this column to introduce Amy to the parish, many of you already know her quite well, as she’s been a parishioner here for three decades and worked in our school at one time, as well.  She brings with her many years of secretarial and administrative experience, including a long tenure served with the South Bend School Corporation.  We are so excited to have Amy on board as part of our Pastoral Team.  Please be sure to make her feel welcome as she begins to serve you as your Parish Secretary.


Below is a brief message from Amy to introduce herself to all of you.


Hello, my name is Amy Tatay, and I’m exited to begin a new chapter in my life as the secretary at Christ the King Parish. I’ve worked as a school secretary for the past 19 years. This parish has been a home to me for a long time.  It’s where I made my first communion, taught religious education for 10 years, attended mass with my husband John and three children, and worked as a teaching assistant in the school.  I feel very blessed that Christ the King will continue to play such an important role in my life.


I’d like to thank all of those who assisted in the interview process.  We were blessed with many well-qualified applicants – certainly not a given in the current hiring environment – and the interview committees that we used in this two-round process did an exceptional job of helping us find exactly the right person to fill this important role.  The first round interviews were led by Fr. Geoff, Abby Doyle (Business Manager) and parishioner Janet Durham.  I led the second-round interviews, working with Teresa Oross (Director of Sacramental Preparation) and Aimee Matthews (Pastoral Council representative).  Thanks to all of you for the time and effort that you put into this important process.  As Amy begins her time with our Pastoral Team at Christ the King, I know that the effort you put into these interviews will pay dividends for our parish for years to come.