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Bulletin Letter July 19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                                                        +JMJ I am writing this letter from my hotel room at the end of the first day of my conference in Baltimore: “Becoming a Better Confessor: Using the Virtues and Vices (of St. Thomas Aquinas) in the Confessional”. The conference – after only one day,

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Bulletin Letter July 12

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                                                         +JMJ There are a couple changes you should know about regarding the Payne campus school Mass schedule every Friday this upcoming academic year. Because the school district is starting school 15 minutes later each day, we will have to start our school Mass at the

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Bulletin Letter July 5

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                                                        +JMJ This past week I was asked to translate an address of Cardinal Sarah, head of the Congregation for Liturgy and Sacraments in Rome. (The translation was for somebody in the Diocese.). I thought I would share with you a bit of the fruit of

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Bulletin Letter June 28

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Before treating our YDisciple program and the Payne rectory situation, I would like to announce that we have hired somebody to replace Heather Miller, our Administrative Assistant. I am happy to welcome Kris Stallkamp to our parish staff. Kris – whom many of you

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Bulletin Letter June 21 2015

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                                                              +JMJ You might have noticed that at some of our weekday and weekend Masses in these last couple of weeks, the deacons have been purifying vessels at the side table, called the “credence table”. This is because the deacons recently went to a liturgical workshop

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Bulletin Letter June 14

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                                                     +JMJ Ever heard of a bishop’s munera? Well, that’s plural for munus; and munus is Latin for “function or duty”. So we say, “A bishop has a three-fold munera: that of prophet, priest and king.” The bishop has duties like those of a prophet, like

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Bulletin Letter June 7

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                               +JMJ First of all, congratulations to all of our high school graduates! I was happy to get to a number of your parties and learn something about your lives, by means of the beautiful display boards and pictures you and your families obviously worked so

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Bulletin Letter May 31

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                +JMJ On May 21st, we had another finance council meeting. The following is a brief summary of what we covered. -We looked at the balance sheet, profit and loss statement, and the payables report through the month of April. -Two finance council members, Judy Robinett

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Bulletin Letter May 24

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                               +JMJ For some time now I have been meaning to address the grave matter of Sunday Mass attendance; and finally it seems I have an opportunity to do so in a bulletin letter. In one way or another, for many years actually, I have heard

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Bulletin Letter May 17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                               +JMJ This week I must start my bulletin letter with some very big news. After some 23 years of service to the parish, Heather Miller is retiring, as of July 1st. I am grateful that Heather has offered her many gifts in service to the

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