Fr. Joseph Zabinski has been named the parochial administrator for the Church of St. Albert by Archbishop Bernard Hebda, effective February 8.
This new role gives Fr. Joe pastoral authority and responsibility for St. Albert. Fr. Brian Park will be full-time now as the pastor of St. Michael Catholic Church and School and will no longer be the pastor of St. Albert. Fr. Joe will take over sacramental duties at St. Albert, including daily and weekend Masses, confessions, weddings and funerals. He will continue to serve as the associate pastor of St. Michael and provide sacramental support at St. Michael parish and school when needed. From time to time, Fr. Park will still help with some sacraments at St. Albert. The two parishes will also continue to collaborate in those areas in which it makes sense to do so, including Youth Ministry and RCIA classes.
“We are blessed with two faithful and fruitful parishes in the STMA community,” said Park. “This new arrangement means that each parish once again has the dedicated attention of its own priest, while still providing St. Michael Catholic Church and School with additional priestly support when needed. Please congratulate Fr. Joe on his new leadership role at St. Albert and thank him for his willingness to continue serving as needed at St. Michael.”
The primary difference between pastor and parochial administrator is that a pastor is assigned for a set period of time, generally of six years. Parochial administrators are assigned for an undefined term. Fr. Joe has been serving as the associate pastor for parishes of St. Albert and St. Michael, first under Fr. Peter Richards and now under Fr. Park. He was also at St. Michael briefly as a deacon while in seminary.