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Bulletin Letter April 9

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, In order to give the pastoral council, the finance council and the deacons a sense for what the Amazing Parish Movement is all about, I purchased copies of the book Divine Renovation: From Maintenance to Mission, by Fr. James Mallon, a parish priest in

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Bulletin Letter March 26

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, I’m writing this letter at the end of our first evening at the Amazing Parish Conference in Atlanta. Matthew Kelly, founder of the organization called Dynamic Catholic (also the name of his book, i.e., Dynamic Catholic, which I recommend to anybody), gave the keynote

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Bulletin Letter March 19

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, First of all, I want to thank you so much for all of the prayer support both before and during my retreat with the Missionaries of Charity of St. Teresa of Calcutta! As you know, we’re constantly living in a spiritual battle, and the

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Bulletin Letter March 12

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, I am writing this letter as I am preparing my first meditation for the Missionaries of Charity in Memphis. I thought you might benefit from a sample of their meditation on the Song of Songs. The first line of the Song reads, “Let him

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Bulletin Letter March 5

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, On February 21st, we had another pastoral council meeting. Here is a summary of the items that were discussed: -We were contacted to consider hosting English Language Classes by Four County for the Hispanic farm workers who are now our parishioners. Eventually we agreed

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Bulletin Letter February 26

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, As I indicated in a bulletin letter quite a while ago, this Tuesday I will be flying to Memphis, TN to direct a retreat for about 25 sisters from that region who belong to St. (Mother) Teresa of Calcutta’s religious order, the Missionaries of

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Bulletin Letter February 19

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, It’s once again time for our Bishop’s Annual Catholic Appeal. This year’s theme is “Building His Church, Fulfilling His Mission”. Very soon you should be getting in the mail a letter from the Bishop, introducing you to this year’s Appeal. Every year our parish

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Bulletin Letter February 12

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, I hope you have seen for the past few months the names of the children who get baptized in our parish. It’s a great sign of life in our parish. Please send up a prayer for the child and the family each time you

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Bulletin Letter February 5

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, As part of my homily preparation, I sometimes look at how the Saints and Fathers have meditated on our Scripture passages. (Then of course I do plenty of praying with the Scriptures, and I use the modern tools of biblical study.) Because the Saints

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Bulletin Letter January 29

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, On Thursday, January 19, we had another finance council meeting. The following are some highlights. = We reviewed the monthly balance sheet, profit and loss report, accounts payable report. = One of the councilmembers gave a report from his internal audit (using standard diocesan

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