JOHNSTOWN - The Rev. Tom Morrette, pastor of Holy Trinity Church, will leave that parish to take on a new assignment Saturday as pastor of the merged parish of All Saints on the Hudson Church in Mechanicville and Stillwater.
His new parish is an amalgamation of Assumption/St. Paul's Church in Mechanicville and St. Peter the Apostle in Stillwater, with the Mechanicville parish now being called South Church and Stillwater, North Church.
Day-to-day operations will continue under current policies at Trinity, and the diocese will assign priests to celebrate Masses, he said. Diocesan representatives will meet with staff and the pastoral council there "to determine what type of leadership is best at this time for the parish," he added.
The Rev. Tom Morrette
Morrette has served for two years as pastor of Trinity, which itself was a merger of Immaculate Conception, St. Patrick's and St. Anthony's churches in 2009. St. Patrick's facilities on Glebe Street became Trinity.
"I really loved living in Johnstown," he said. "It is a great place to live. I was continually amazed at the services and talents in this community."
"I am sad about leaving," he said, "but with the shortage of priests in our area, it's common now for a priest to become a pastor for a few years and then have to move on."
Morrette said he realizes that church closings were "a real trauma for our community," but he is happy that the Johnstown Catholic parish has "turned a page and taken steps to remain vital in the years ahead."
"I'm most sad about leaving friends behind," he said. "However, Mechanicville is not that far away, so I hope to keep up connections."
Born and raised in Schenectady, Morrette spent 20 years as deacon, mostly in Westchester County. He studied at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers and Blessed John XXIII Seminary in Weston, Mass., and was ordained a priest in 2005 in the Albany diocese.
Before coming to Johnstown, he had been pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Broadalbin and St. Francis in Northville.