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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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Bulletin Letter – 5/12/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Congratulations to all of our children who received First Communion last weekend! What a big day for you and your families! And for the parish! If you think about the fact that the Eucharist floods our being with amazing grace each time we

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Bulletin Letter – 5/5/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ First of all, thank you so much to everybody who put such great work into our Easter Triduum and Divine Mercy liturgies! I really thought everything was quite beautiful. The more beautiful we make our worship in the Mass, hopefully the more fully

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Bulletin Letter – 4/14/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ I wonder if all of you realize that a very significant pro-life movie was released in the last couple of weeks. The movie is Unplanned. It’s the personal story of Abby Johnson, a young woman who was managing the largest Planned Parenthood abortion

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Bulletin Letter – 4/7/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Several items here: This past week I received a sample marriage preparation packet from Dynamic Catholic, an organization that, as its name suggests, exists to produce materials that will help everybody become more dynamically Catholic. The marriage preparation program is entitled Better Together.

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Bulletin Letter – 3/24/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ In one of his “Leading the Flock” letters a few months ago, Bishop Thomas revealed that the Diocese had contracted with the Spitzer Center to begin a strategic plan for the Diocese. Now, several months later, the Diocese has published its Strategic Plan

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Bulletin Letter – 3/17/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Are you a people person? Are you a natural born leader? Are you a good organizer? Are you good with details? Do you like to entertain? Do you like providing for an atmosphere of great fun and fellowship? If you answered “yes” to

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