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Bulletin Letter — 11/19/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Ever since we purchased our new Lumen Christi Missal and Hymnal system, we’ve known that we would have to throw away the old Heritage Missalettes that are still in our pews. Believe it or not, although we were paying close to $6,000 per

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Bulletin Letter — 11/12/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ You might notice that the last few weeks I’ve been leading us to chant the “Our Father” at some of our weekend Masses. This is because almost a month ago now we had another music seminar by Adam Bartlett… This time up at

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Bulletin Letter – 11/5/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ This week we celebrated the Solemnity of All Saints. I hope you are allowing the Saints to become part of your life. The Saints are those people we know – through solemn declaration of the Church – are in heaven, and therefore in

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Bulletin Letter — 10/29/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ We had a pastoral council meeting this past week. Because I’m convinced that there has to be a culture of faith in the home – concrete faith activities and prayer – in order truly to nourish our children into a relationship with Jesus

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Bullet Letter — 10/22/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Last week I wrote about the need for parishioners who would be willing to help with the various aspects of funeral luncheon setup and takedown, as well as making desserts. This week I have to address another aspect of “burying the dead” –

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Bulletin Letter — 10/15/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ We have been making some modest, inexpensive, yet very effective changes to the feel of the rectory in Paulding. First, the extension tiles that we connected to the downspouts of the house – taking the water runoff away from the house and out

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Bulletin Letter — 10/8/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Last week we had our first session of ALPHA. Thanks to everybody who put so much work into preparing  and helping to lead it. The program is intentionally designed for leadership by lay parishioners, rather than the priest. Sometimes this can help people

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Bulletin Letter — 9/30/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Last week we had our first finance council meeting of the new academic year. Below are the highlights: -We welcomed two new members, Beth Coughlin and Jon Knepper. Then we reviewed the purpose of the finance council, i.e., to give advice to the

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Bulletin Letter — 9/24/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ In this last couple of weeks many of our outreach and formation programs have begun: PSR, RCIA, Mystagogia, junior high youth group and YDisciple especially. And I know that our new team running our first ALPHA program has already been working hard in

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Bulletin Letter – 9/10/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ We have with us this weekend, preaching at all the Masses, Father Phil Smith, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Toledo. It is a great privilege to have him with us, and I hope that he is able to come frequently to

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