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Bulletin Letter – 8/18/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                 +JMJ In one of my prayer times this past week, I felt led to meditate on the heart of Jesus as he reaches out his hand to offer each one of us Holy Communion – His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. Imagine the

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Bulletin Letter – 8/11/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                 +JMJ Canon Law requires us once a year to make a “financial disclosure” to the parish. That is the purpose of this bulletin letter, along with the condensed end-of-year balance sheet, profit and loss statement and major projects list. Although I consider this

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Bulletin Letter – 8/4/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ On July 24th, I participated as a panelist in a sacred music workshop for pastors and directors of music at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary – The Athenaeum Of Ohio, in Cincinnati. The seminar was entitled “Singing the Mass”. This all came about as

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Bulletin Letter – 7/28/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ I’m writing this letter on the last day of my pilgrimage-vacation in Poland. Thank you so much for all the prayers that were sent my way for the trip! My love for this country – especially the church in Poland – was renewed,

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Bulletin Letter – 7/21/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Here are some pastoral initiatives we’ve been discussing for our parish: First, for quite some time now we’ve envisioned creating a consistent venue into which we could invite non-Catholics, or Catholics who are somewhat on the fringes, perhaps not practicing… Invite them to

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Bulletin Letter – 6/23/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ With this letter, I thought it would be good put in writing the main content of the homily I gave a few weeks ago, explaining how I see three sources giving the parish some momentum right now. The three sources are: the diocesan

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Bulletin Letter – 6/16/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ About three months ago I wrote in a bulletin letter that one of the things I do during my annual retreat – among other spiritual exercises – is to read some Catholic poetry. In particular, I often read something from a cloistered, contemplative

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Bulletin Letter – 6/2/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ On May 16 we had another finance council meeting. Here are the main points of discussion. We pored over the most recent monthly reports: the balance sheet, the profit and loss statement, the accounts payable summary, noting any significant differences between budgeted and

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Bulletin Letter – 5/26/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ As we reach the end of this academic year, I’d like to thank all of our parishioners who put so much time and effort into catechesis in the parish this past year. Handing on the faith to our youth is one of the

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Bulletin Letter – 5/19/19

Dear Graduating Seniors,                                                                                                                      +JMJ Congratulations upon your graduation! What an accomplishment! The whole parish is proud of you, and we wish you the best of God’s fruitfulness as you take your next step in life. You have been a blessing to our parish. If you are

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