Archive for the Pastor’s Corner Category

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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Bulletin Letter December 6

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, On November 19th we had another finance council meeting. We began by looking at the balance sheet, the profit-and-loss statement, and the payables statement. The balance sheet showed $279,752 in usable savings, although about $25,407 of this money was given specifically for the moisture

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Bulletin Letter November 29

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, Now that we have experienced the sealing off of our Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy Holy Door and are anticipating opening it is a pilgrimage site on December 13, I thought I would give you some more teaching on the “theology” of a holy

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Bulletin Letter November 22

+JMJ Dear Parishioners, Seeing the retreat team’s invitation for parishioners to join the planning, it occurs to me that now would be a good time to give an update on the annual parish Lenten retreat, which occurs on Saturday, March 5. I was invited by the retreat

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