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Bulletin Letter June 4, 2017

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                 +JMJ First of all, this weekend I asked Matthew Reinhart to give a witness before each Mass for FOCUS.  FOCUS is short for Fellowship Of Catholic University Students. It is a Catholic university outreach program that began under Archbishop Chaput in Denver in 1998.

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Bulletin Letter May 28

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, This past week we had another finance council meeting. We first looked at the financial reports from the previous month. There really were only a very few discrepancies from budget, and these were small. One council member gave her report on the internal audit

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Bulletin Letter May 21

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, This past week the staff leadership team hosted another Amazing Parish follow-up meeting in the Paulding Ed Center. Once again, teams from Hicksville-Edgerton, Defiance and Lima were there. We watched a talk about music in the Mass by a couple of the Amazing Parish

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Bulletin Letter May 14

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, First of all, I would like to offer congratulations to all of our graduating seniors! So much study, hard work, and prayer… And, put simply, so much gutsy commitment and love has gotten them to this threshold in their lives. We are so proud

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Bulletin Letter May 7 2017

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, This past week a parishioner recommended to me a “Catholic Stuff You Should Know” podcast, which was an interview with Matt Fradd. I quickly remembered that I had heard an interview with him also on Al Kresta. Originally from Australia, Matt Fradd is an

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Bulletin Letter April 30

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, Once again, thanks is due to all the people who put in much hard work to make our Divine Mercy celebrations beautiful last Sunday afternoon. The Totus Tuus prayer group was at the center of the planning for confessions, the Mass, veneration of St. Faustina’s

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Bulletin Letter April 23

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, First of all, I would like to thank everybody who put so much hard work into our beautiful Easter liturgies: the deacons, the musicians, sacristans, decorators, altar servers. I would also like to thank our RCIA team and sponsors for their many, many hours

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Bulletin Letter April 16

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, Last week we had our first follow-up meeting to the Amazing Parish Conference in Atlanta. Alan Badia of the diocesan Parish Life and Evangelization Department led the meeting; and three other parish leadership teams from the area were in attendance: Edgerton-Hicksville, St. John’s Defiance,

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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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