Archive for the Pastor’s Corner Category

Bulletin Letter October 25

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                                                        +JMJ One of the most moving moments for me from the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families occurred at the vigil service the night before the final Mass. I was very inspired hearing Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, daughter of St. Gianna

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Bulletin Letter October 18

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, With this letter I want to share with you the news that a couple weeks ago I was appointed “dean” of the Maximilian Kolbe Deanery. [Don’t worry! We did not spend a bunch of parish money on a campaign to bring this election about!]

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Bulletin Letter October 11

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                                                            +JMJ I still have a bunch of notes from lectures at the conference I attended in July on the Sacrament of Confession. Here are some bullet points from a talk given by Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., entitled, “Chastity, Lust and Taming the Appetites”: -Keep in

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Bulletin Letter October 4

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                                                         +JMJ I am writing this letter to you from a lake cottage where I am taking some days of vacation. Of course, it is never vacation away from the Faith, and so for some refreshment I am reading a book called, Resurgent in the Midst

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Bulletin Letter September 27

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                                                        +JMJ On Thursday, September 17, we had our first parish finance council meeting of the new academic year, after taking a break for the summer months. First of all we welcomed Jeff Mumma, who has agreed to join the finance council, to replace Mike Arend

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Bulletin Letter September 20

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                                                        +JMJ First of all, thank you so much for your prayers for the kickoff night and first couple weeks of our new high school YDisciple program. Five groups of young men and women met at various homes for the first couple of weeks. Initial feedback

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Bulletin Letter September 13

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                     +JMJ My primary purpose with this letter is to put out a call for more altar boys. The beginning of the academic year, with everybody returned from summer break, is a pretty common time to add to the ranks of servers. Before going further with

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Bulletin Letter September 6

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                     +JMJ We had our second Divine Mercy High School Core Team meeting a week-and-a-half ago. The Core High School Events this semester (which supplement, i.e., are in addition to, the three YDisciple small group meetings happening each month in parishioner homes) will be: -A hayride,

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Bulletin Letter August 30

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                     +JMJ A pastor of a parish is required at least once a year to make a financial disclosure to the parish. For the last couple of parishes that I pastored, this disclosure was most easily made by publishing in the bulletin the fiscal end-of-year balance

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