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Bulletin Letter May 10

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                               +JMJ On Friday, May 1st, Fr. Stites texted me to wish me a happy feast day, because it was the memorial of St. Joseph the Worker. I texted him back to say I’m tempted to feel a little guilty celebrating the feast day, since I’m

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Bulletin Letter April 26

Dear Parishioners, On Thursday, April 16, we had another pastoral council meeting. The following is a summary: -We looked briefly at the brand-new website for the parish, exploring the various links and pulldown menus. The newest news from our Facebook page is posted, my newest couple of

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Bulletin Letter April 12

Dear Parishioners, We had another finance committee meeting back on March 19. The following is a quick summary of what was discussed: -We examined the profit and loss statement year-to-date, the balance sheet also. We noted that next year’s budget is due to the Diocese by May

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Bulletin Letter April 5

Dear Parishioners, It’s Monday of Holy Week as I’m writing this letter; so I’m meditating on today’s Gospel, John 12:1-11. Jesus has just raised Lazarus from the dead, and Mary and Martha are throwing a banquet for Jesus. This occurs six days before Jesus’ Good Friday death.

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Bulletin Letter March 29

Dear Parishioners, As we are getting closer to Holy Week, Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday, we are also approaching the weekend for First Communion celebrations. First Communion will happen the weekend of April 18th. I am starting to get questions about First Communion, so I guess it’s

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Bulletin Letter March 22

Dear Parishioners, I have wanted since my arrival to communicate something about Communion services. Before my arrival, Communion services were a regular occurrence in our parish. After I arrived they stopped. Why not Communion services? In the post-Vatican II years, with the decline in the number of

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Bulletin Letter March 15

Dear Parishioners, First of all I want to thank everybody who has already donated to the Bishop’s Annual Catholic Appeal. As of the writing of this letter we are only $6,000 below our goal. That is pretty impressive. I am impressed by the generosity of our parishioners.

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Bulletin Letter March 8

Dear Parishioners, As I stated last weekend in my homilies, I’ve decided to lead any parishioners who want to make the pilgrimage to Philadelphia to see the Pope for the World Meeting of Families. In conversation with a couple of parishioners, I became convinced that this can

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