I am happy to announce that Mr. Joe Linder has accepted the position as our new principal at Divine Mercy School, in the wake of Cathy Schoenauer’s retirement. Mr. Linder earned an Associates Degree of Applied Business: Information Technology from Northwest State Community College. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Childhood Education from Miami University. He has been at Divine Mercy Catholic School for six years. Given this background, and the quality of Mr. Linder’s service thus far, I believe he will be as much a blessing in this new position as he has been in the classroom at Divine Mercy. Our vision is now to consider every dynamic (e.g., curriculum, textbooks, technology, etc.) of our fine school in light of the threefold mission that our own Bishop Thomas, set for the entire Diocese: effective, efficient and evangelistic. I am very grateful that Mr. Linder was willing to accept this position. Please join me in congratulating Mr. Linder; and please pray that the Lord be glorified in every aspect of Divine Mercy School.
Of course, with Mr. Linder’s move to another position, we are now looking for an exceptional 5th-6th grade classroom teacher. If you or somebody you know should be applying for this position, please send an application to Mr. Linder’s attention at the school, or to the attention of Dianne Jones at the parish office.
There are several upcoming events to put into your calendar. For each of these there is more detail elsewhere in our bulletins of last week and this week:
-I want to offer a retreat experience for junior high and high school girls, to parallel the retreat that is being offered by the Diocese for young men. Therefore, on Tuesday, June 28 we are going to sponsor a daylong retreat for junior high and high school girls. We will invite other parishes in our area as well. I learned that Sr. Mary Knuckles will be home during that time, and this helped in part to determine the timing of the retreat. Sr. Mary will be one of the speakers for the day. Then we have asked Carol and Kristen Kurivial of Luminous Ministries out of Defiance to help with some of the talks. It should be a very rich and enjoyable spiritual day for our junior high and high school girls, with talks, activities, prayer, food and fellowship. Please contact Theresa Conley with any questions, or to offer help. You can call the office in general to register a participant.
-The Vocations Director and seminarians of the Diocese will offer a retreat for junior high and high school boys the weekend of July 8-10. I realize Mansfield is a bit of a drive, and that the summer months are super busy for everybody. But please consider this valuable opportunity. A young man need not be feeling drawn to the priesthood in order to participate in this retreat. He will gain much from the talks, the prayer, the sports and fellowship, no matter where the Lord leads him in the future. If transportation to Mansfield is a difficulty, Peter Grodi (through the parish office) will be helping to organize this. See last week’s bulletin for details.
-Marcus Grodi, host of the Journey Home program on Mother Angelica’s Eternal Word Television Network, has generously offered to speak at an event for us, in order to raise the remaining money needed for the Antwerp Belltower Project. The talk, along with some prayer and worship to fill out the evening, is slated for Sunday, July 17 at 4 PM-6 PM. Mr. Grodi will speak on “Living the Full Christian Life”. As of the writing of this letter, we are planning to host the talk at the Antwerp campus. There will be an hors d’oeuvres reception immediately following the talk. More details to come. Save the date, and invite your friends!
Have a blessed week!
In cordibus Iesu et Mariae,