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Bulletin Letter – 12/8/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                                                                                                      +JMJ Two weeks ago we had another finance council meeting. The following are highlights. -We looked at the parish financial reports, as usual: the balance sheet, the profit and loss statement, the Accounts Payable statement.Also, two members of the council reported on their

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Bulletin Letter – 12/1/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                                                                                                      +JMJ One of the priests to whom I am most indebted from my years of seminary training, and even from my later years on faculty at the seminary is Father Bill Lynn, SJ. He died about ten years ago. Father Lynn was very

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Bulletin Letter – 11/17/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    +JMJ It has been a while since I have addressed cohabitation with the parish (which has happened in a homily and in a bulletin letter), and I know that we continue to be confused, even as Catholics, about the wrongness of cohabitation. Cohabitation

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Bulletin Letter – 11/10/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                                                                                                     +JMJ We had our first pastoral council meeting of the year on October 17th. My report to the parish has been delayed, because I wanted to give the Bishop bulletin space with his “Leading the Flock” column. I’m pretty determined that we all

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Bulletin Letter – 10/27/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ A couple weeks ago, I wrote Bishop Thomas to ask his direction and permission regarding two liturgical items at our Payne campus. I believe it was within my first year at Divine Mercy that Chris and Charles Schaefer took me to their Morton

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Bulletin Letter – 10/20/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Last week I learned that a movie about Saint Faustina is coming to theatres for one day only – October 28th. The movie is called, “Love and Mercy – Faustina”. The movie was previewed at the last World Youth Day in Panamà. A

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Bulletin Letter – 10/13/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ October is Respect-Life Month. Here is the first paragraph of Pope Saint John Paul II’s encyclical Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life): The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ message. Lovingly received day after day by the Church, it is

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Bullet Letter – 10/6/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                 +JMJ As we began the new academic year, I found myself doing some YDisciple training for some of the leaders who could not attend the normal trainings. So, several times I watched videos about the purpose of YDisciple, and some of the basic

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Bulletin Letter – 9/29/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                 +JMJ This past week, we had our first finance council of the new academic year. Following are highlights. We looked at the usual financial reports: the balance sheet, the profit-and-loss statement.We also heard from a council member who performed the most recent internal

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Bulletin Letter – 9/22/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ There are a few books I read for meditation these days. One is called In Sinu Jesu (i.e., “In the Heart of Jesus”), a book recently published by an anonymous Benedictine monk who is still living. In this book the Benedictine monk reveals

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