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Bulletin Letter November 29

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, Now that we have experienced the sealing off of our Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy Holy Door and are anticipating opening it is a pilgrimage site on December 13, I thought I would give you some more teaching on the “theology” of a holy

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Bulletin Letter November 22

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, Seeing the retreat team’s invitation for parishioners to join the planning, it occurs to me that now would be a good time to give an update on the annual parish Lenten retreat, which occurs on Saturday, March 5. I was invited by the retreat

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Bulletin Letter November 15

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, With this letter I would like to repeat at greater length the announcement I made about the Holy Door in last week’s homily. On Divine Mercy Sunday this past April, Francis promulgated a bull (a certain type of papal document) announcing that he was

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Bulletin Letter November 8

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, After many months of looking for a purchaser, we finally sold the pipe organ in the loft of Antwerp’s campus to another church. As was predicted by an organ expert when we first started this journey, nobody wanted the organ as is for playing

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Bulletin Letter November 1

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, On Thursday, October 22, we had our first pastoral Council meeting of the Fall. Here is a summary: I expressed my gratitude for those members of the pastoral council whose terms have just ended: Mari Ivan, Jane Benschneider, Joe Reinhart and Michael Johnson. We

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Bulletin Letter October 25

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                                                        +JMJ One of the most moving moments for me from the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families occurred at the vigil service the night before the final Mass. I was very inspired hearing Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, daughter of St. Gianna

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Bulletin Letter October 18

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, With this letter I want to share with you the news that a couple weeks ago I was appointed “dean” of the Maximilian Kolbe Deanery. [Don’t worry! We did not spend a bunch of parish money on a campaign to bring this election about!]

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Bulletin Letter October 11

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                                                            +JMJ I still have a bunch of notes from lectures at the conference I attended in July on the Sacrament of Confession. Here are some bullet points from a talk given by Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., entitled, “Chastity, Lust and Taming the Appetites”: -Keep in

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Bulletin Letter October 4

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                                                         +JMJ I am writing this letter to you from a lake cottage where I am taking some days of vacation. Of course, it is never vacation away from the Faith, and so for some refreshment I am reading a book called, Resurgent in the Midst

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Bulletin Letter September 27

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                                                        +JMJ On Thursday, September 17, we had our first parish finance council meeting of the new academic year, after taking a break for the summer months. First of all we welcomed Jeff Mumma, who has agreed to join the finance council, to replace Mike Arend

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