Archive for the Pastor’s Corner Category

Bulletin Letter February 21

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, In 2011 Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Pheonix wrote a series of four articles for his Diocese, explaining sacred music. (Check out the entire series at: http://diocesephoenix.org/bishop-olmsted-columns). It is an excellent series. Until my seminary days, I had never had any teaching on music in

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Bulletin Letter February 7

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, On Thursday, January 28, we had another finance council meeting. The following are some of the main points: -We reviewed the balance sheet, the profit and loss statement, as well as the payables report. Also, a couple council members quickly summarized their internal audit

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Bulletin Letter January 31

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, Last Sunday we had the first of eight sessions in our Theology of the Body Course at our Paulding campus. The evening was broken into four parts: adoration, food and fellowship, a video of Christopher West presenting Theology of the Body, and finally a

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Bulletin Letter January 24

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, On this weekend after the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, with the Pro-Life March on Washington, D.C. by tens of thousands of people protesting the scourge of legalized abortion in our country, it seems appropriate to address abortion in this bulletin letter. Here I

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Bulletin Letter January 17

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, February 1st will begin another Annual Catholic Appeal from the Diocese. That fundraiser helps maintain all of the operations of the Pastoral Center (i.e., central Catholic offices). This means that all of our parish homes will soon receive the usual letter from the Bishop’s

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Bulletin Letter January 10

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, Hoping to provide for all of you whose New Year’s resolutions included adding a regular source of Catholic formation beyond the Mass into your life (if you don’t have that built in yet), here are some recommendations. First of all, I think it could

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Bulletin Letter January 3

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, Because of Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the bulletin company requires us to turn in our bulletins much earlier than usual. For this reason, I am writing my bulletin letter for this weekend only a couple days after having met with high school youth

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Bulletin Letter December 27

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, Why all the fuss about God becoming “incarnate” at Christmas time? Well, the excitement is all because God for the first time in all of history becomes tangible in a way He had never been before. “Incarnate” means “in-the-flesh”. God comes to us in-the-flesh,

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Bulletin Letter December 20

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, On December 10 we had another pastoral Council meeting. Below are highlights: -We discussed impressions of both the wine tasting event at Payne and the bazaar at Paulding. Both events seemed pretty successful financially. But even more importantly, they both seemed to be very

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Bulletin Letter December 13

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, Many months ago, when Bishop Thomas of Toledo announced a restructuring of the Pastoral Center offices of the Diocese, I wrote a bulletin letter explaining how this action was part of the three-fold munera (duties) of teaching, sanctifying and governing. The restructuring fell under

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