Archive for the Pastor’s Corner Category

Bulletin Letter May 1

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, On Thursday, April 23 we had another pastoral council meeting. Here are some highlights: -We noted that the demolition of the Payne rectory should be happening this week. At our last pastoral council meeting, we learned that there is a group from Payne interested

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Bulletin Letter April 24

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, Thank you for all the thoughts, prayers and practical help I received throughout my recent bout with shingles! As of the writing of this letter, Friday the 15th, only a small spot remains to “dry up” of the rash. But then there is still

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Bulletin Letter April 17

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, In this bulletin you will find the full text of Bishop Thomas’ statement regarding the recent apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis. The exhortation was published on Friday, April 8th. The title of the Pope’s document is Amoris laetitia (“the joy of love”), and it

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Bulletin Letter April 10

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, First of all I would like to congratulate the young men and women from our parish who were confirmed by Bishop Thomas last week! During our confirmation retreat last Saturday, I had the chance to ask the students questions, and I was impressed with

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Bulletin Letter April 3

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, First of all I would like to thank all of the parishioners who put so much work into our Holy Week liturgies: those who helped in any way with Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday Mass of the Pre-sanctified, Good Friday evening’s ecumenical Association

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Bulletin Letter March 27

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, Happy Easter! Since the passion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus is aimed at re-creating a new humanity in God’s image and likeness, it actually fits to use this column on Easter Sunday to recap for you our latest session of Theology of the

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Bulletin Letter March 20

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, Here are a number of items that I am thinking about these days for the parish: -A belated thanks to everybody who made the parish retreat work so well! I wasn’t able to be there for the entire thing, but I saw enough to

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Bulletin Letter March 13

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, On Sunday, February 28, we had our second session of Young Adult Theology of the Body. Once again there was a nice mix of married couples and singles. The format was the same: half an hour of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, half an

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Bulletin Letter March 6

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, Here is another excerpt from Bishop Olmsted’s teaching on music in the Mass. (See his whole presentation at http://www.adoremus.org/0512SingingtheMass.html). This time he offers a short history of music, so that we can get a glimpse of where our music in the Mass started. It

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Bulletin Letter February 28

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, Here is another excerpt from Bishop Olmsted’s excellent series on sacred music in the liturgy. (Check out the entire series at: http://diocesephoenix.org/bishop-olmsted-columns) Here he notes the difference between “sacred music”, which is the music written to support all the proper prayer, antiphons and other

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