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Bulletin Letter February 15

Dear Parishioners, As further follow-up to my beginning marriage preparation in our parish, I want to explain why cohabitation is something unacceptable. Forbidding cohabitation is not primarily a “no”; it is, rather, a huge “yes” to the beauty of married love and the truth of the body

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Bulletin Letter February 8

Dear Parishioners, Because I recently began marriage preparation with two couples, I thought it was necessary in the last bulletin to present the marriage preparation program that we will be using. Because that program includes Natural Family Planning, I want to explain NFP a little bit more

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Bulletin Letter February 1

Dear Parishioners, One of the many strange weaknesses of seminary training in the decades following Vatican II was the lack of concrete instruction on how to do marriage preparation. Thankfully, Pope Saint John Paul II’s famous encyclical Familiaris Consortio, “On the Christian Meaning of Family”, published in my

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Bulletin Letter January 25

Dear Parishioners, On Thursday, January 16th we had another finance council meeting. The following is a brief summary of what was covered: -We looked over the profit-and-loss statement and balance sheet for the current year-to-date, actual vs. budget. -We reviewed the last school endowment statement with its

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Bulletin Letter January 18

Dear Parishioners, I am writing this letter on Friday, January 9th. On the way back from Parkview Hospital this morning I received a call from the Diocese, officially to notify me that the Bishop is assigning me as pastor to Divine Mercy Parish. Up to this time

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Bulletin Letter January 11

Dear Parishioners, Last weekend I mentioned that my cover letter did not make the mailing of the Mass Times Survey. So hearing in writing is what I mentioned from the pulpit in that regard: Please be sure to fill out the survey, even if you do not

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Bulletin Letter January 4

Dear Parishioners, I wonder if there are some parishioners who could benefit from some suggestions, if they have time to read in the area of theology, spirituality, morality, or doctrine. Here are some quick suggestions. For daily devotionals that have a combination of the day’s liturgy, various

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Bulletin Letter December 28

Dear Parishioners, At the beginning of a New Year, I want to write some words about the “New Evangelization” lately being spoken about everywhere in the Catholic world. The New Evangelization was very much discussed at the recent fall meeting of United States Bishops in Baltimore. It

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Bulletin Letter December 21

Dear Parishioners, In a few days we celebrate Christmas, the Feast of the Incarnation. God takes on flesh, i.e., human nature. Technically, this act of joining divine nature to human nature is called the “hypostatic union”. God’s commitment to his creation, especially to the human race, is

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Bulletin Letter December 14

Dear Parishioners, I think high school ministry was easily the area most commented upon in last spring’s parish survey regarding what should be improved. In addition to the many comments on the survey, I have had numerous people approach me since I arrived to mention their concern

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