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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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Bulletin Letter – 3/10/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ It’s that time of year again to consider a donation to the Bishop’s Annual Catholic Appeal. I am very grateful and content that our parish continues to meet its ACA goal each year. It’s a very important statement we make in this way,

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Bulletin Letter – 2/24/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ I’m writing this letter the day before taking off for my canonical retreat, which this year will be at Our Lady of Solitude Monastery, near Phoenix, Arizona.  My plan for the content of the retreat, at least at the moment (I suppose the

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Bulletin Letter – 2/17/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ At this weekend’s Masses I am speaking about “The Disciple Maker Index” (DMI) survey that we are using in this parish. The idea of a survey like DMI comes from materials and meetings we have encountered in the Amazing Parish Movement. The DMI

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Bulletin Letter – 2/10/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ The devil is jealous of your body! Because of your body-soul composite nature, you are able to be transformed, to change, to convert, to grow in love. Totally spiritual beings (God and angels/demons) don’t change. The devil is also jealous of our flesh,

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