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Bulletin Letter – 1/28/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ A week ago we had another finance council meeting. Here are the highlights: -We first looked at the balance sheet, the profit and loss statement, the accounts payable statement. We didn’t have a member of the Council who had done a recent internal

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Bulletin Letter – 1-21-18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ I want to put out one last call for our lost St. Cecilia statue at our Paulding campus. For decades there was a statue of St. Cecilia in the choir loft, donated by a former choir director. When we started renovations of the

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Bulletin Letter – 1/14/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Perhaps you remember that this past fall, the Diocese held its second annual pastoral-issues convention. The main speaker was Matt Fradd, an Australian who speaks around the world about the rising epidemic of what has come to be known as “the new drug”

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Bulletin Letter – 1/7/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ From time to time throughout my priesthood I have had parishioners ask me if the law of abstinence from meat on Fridays still applies. Many of them heard that it no longer applies, since Vatican II. But, in fact, that is a mistaken

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Bulletin Letter – 12/31/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ First of all, so many thanks to all those who put so much extra work into our Advent and Christmas celebrations. I realize the decorating task is more involved with special holidays. And we have all the extra ceremonies where more music is

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Bulletin Letter – 12/24/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ We celebrate Christmas this week, the birth of Love Incarnate, Jesus Christ, God’s Love entered into our world, so that we could see Him, hear Him, touch Him, …. ultimately know Him. As I am writing this letter, I have just finished celebrating

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Bulletin Letter – 12/17/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Here is a beautiful quote from Pope Benedict XVI that I saw this past week: If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful, and great. This can be fine meditation for us as we

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Bulletin Letter – 12/10/2017

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Last month, on November 16th, we had another finance council meeting. Other priorities kept me from putting the notes in the bulletin until now. Here are the highlights from that meeting: -We reviewed the balance sheet, profit and loss statement, and accounts payable

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Bulletin Letter — 11/26/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Two weeks ago we had our first-ever enrichment for ushers and greeters. I’m very grateful for everybody who turned out for it! We chose a date close to the beatification of Father Solanus Casey (beatified last Saturday in Detroit), a Franciscan priest from

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Bulletin Letter — 11/19/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Ever since we purchased our new Lumen Christi Missal and Hymnal system, we’ve known that we would have to throw away the old Heritage Missalettes that are still in our pews. Believe it or not, although we were paying close to $6,000 per

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