Dear Parishioners, +JMJ
We are so glad to welcome back among us Father Scott Perry, who was assigned to us for his diaconate summer last year. What a privilege that our parish was asked to host him (and form him!!) for his last summer! I am so grateful that Father Perry wanted to return to us to offer Masses of thanksgiving at our parish. We will keep him in prayer as he begins his new assignment in Delphos, Ohio…. and we will certainly welcome him back whenever he has time to get away and be with us in the future. Father Perry’s open house reception at the rectory is after our 10:30am Mass in Paulding this weekend. Thank you to everybody who helped prepare for and grill for this reception!!
Our first Alumni Fund Letter is receiving some good response. Thank you to everybody who has responded with donations already! If you know of anybody we ought to be contacting to be part of the Alumni and Friends Association of our school, please send information to Joe Linder or Dianne Jones.
Thank you also to everybody who prayed for our diocesan priests bi-annual convocation with Bishop Thomas in Huron, Ohio this past week. The keynote speaker throughout the convocation was a Dominican priest named Father Peter John Cameron. Because the charism of Dominican priests is preaching, that was Father Cameron’s topic for the week. The Dominican charism is summed up in the phrase contemplata tradere (i.e., “hand on contemplated things”). The idea is that the preacher contemplates heavenly things, and then he hands on those ideas to his congregation. It’s really a great motto for anybody who preaches. Those of us who have used the monthly devotional magazine Magnificat (my favorite to recommend to parishioners) over the past couple of decades will recognize Father Peter John Cameron as the chief editor of that wonderful devotional.
For the young women in our parish, please remember the young women’s retreat held at Antwerp this Tuesday, July 26, beginning with Mass at 10 AM. Our own Sister Mary Knuckles, along with a couple other sisters from her religious order, will be conducting that retreat. Their order is the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity from Euclid, Ohio. The theme is “You Are Not Alone”. It will focus on the most important relationships in young women’s lives. It looks very promising to me. I hope many young women from our parish and the surrounding area attend. It’s a great opportunity. I hope all parishioners will pray for grace for those at the retreat. God will use your prayers to provide many graces for everyone involved. Thanks in advance for those prayers!!
Have a blessed week!
In cordibus Iesu et Mariae,