Archive for the Pastor’s Corner Category

Bulletin Letter — 10/15/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ We have been making some modest, inexpensive, yet very effective changes to the feel of the rectory in Paulding. First, the extension tiles that we connected to the downspouts of the house – taking the water runoff away from the house and out

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Bulletin Letter — 10/8/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Last week we had our first session of ALPHA. Thanks to everybody who put so much work into preparing  and helping to lead it. The program is intentionally designed for leadership by lay parishioners, rather than the priest. Sometimes this can help people

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Bulletin Letter — 9/30/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Last week we had our first finance council meeting of the new academic year. Below are the highlights: -We welcomed two new members, Beth Coughlin and Jon Knepper. Then we reviewed the purpose of the finance council, i.e., to give advice to the

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Bulletin Letter — 9/24/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ In this last couple of weeks many of our outreach and formation programs have begun: PSR, RCIA, Mystagogia, junior high youth group and YDisciple especially. And I know that our new team running our first ALPHA program has already been working hard in

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Bulletin Letter – 9/10/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ We have with us this weekend, preaching at all the Masses, Father Phil Smith, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Toledo. It is a great privilege to have him with us, and I hope that he is able to come frequently to

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Bulletin Letter — 9/3/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Last Sunday we had our first organizational meeting for ALPHA. I think we have a great team, and the meeting was very, very fruitful. We are planning on beginning our ALPHA course on Sunday, October 1st, right after the 10:30am Mass. Sessions should

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Bulletin Letter — 8/27/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Please mark your calendars for the weekend of September 9-10. On that weekend, Father Phil Smith, our new Director of Vocations for the Diocese, will be joining us to preach at all of our weekend Masses on the topic of vocations. Then, after

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Bulletin Letter — 8/20/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Where would I be, had they not invited me? I’m referring to a couple young men on my dormitory hall at the University of Michigan back in September 1982. The men were part of a group called University Christian Outreach. They invited me

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Bulletin Letter – 08/13/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ  Canon Law (Church law) requires that once a year there be a financial disclosure to the whole parish. The fiscal year for the Diocese runs July 1-June 30; and the end-of-year reports are due by the end of July. The financial information in

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Bulletin Letter – 8/6/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Eight weeks have flown by way too fast! Our summer seminarian, Deacon Scott Perry, has reached his last weekend with us. I am very grateful for the great hospitality I have seen on the part of our parishioners, making Deacon Scott feel right

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