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Bulletin Letter – 1/27/19

Dear Parishioners, +JMJ This past week on Catholic radio, I listened to an interview of Gregory K. Popcak, a nationally recognized psychotherapist, speaker, and author of books on marriage and family issues. He announced a conference that would be taking place this coming July, to envision how

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Bulletin Letter – 1/13/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ The weeks of Advent and Christmas have flown by, and it seems like just yesterday when I was asking for prayers for the Priests’ Day of Sanctification, which was held in Carey, Ohio on December 3rd. The guest speaker was Archbishop Joseph Kurtz

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Bulletin Letter – 1/6/19

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ My bulletin letter for last week had to be in early, due to the holiday schedule of the printer, so I didn’t get a chance to thank people yet for Christmas liturgies. So, here it is: Thank you so much to everybody who

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Bulletin Letter – 12/30/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ As I’m writing this letter the week before Christmas, we just received details for the funeral Mass of Father Tony Borgia, pastor of St. Patrick’s Heatherdowns in Toledo. Father died Saturday evening, without any notice whatsoever, probably of a heart attack. I couldn’t

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Bulletin letter – 12/23/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                               +JMJ Do you remember the famous Prologue of the Gospel of St. John (chapter 1:1-18)? We read it during the Mass at nighttime for Christmas. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in

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Bulletin Letter – 12/16/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                               +JMJ A couple years ago on the feast of the Guardian Angels, a statue of an angel bowing low was brought out for use at our Payne Divine Mercy School Mass that day. I only recently learned that this angel is one half of

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Bulletin Letter – 12/2/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ First off, a couple of our extraordinary eucharistic distributors at the Antwerp campus encountered some significant circumstances that prevent them from taking Holy Communion to our shut-ins from that campus. If there is anybody out there willing to be trained, please come forward.

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Bulletin Letter – 11/25/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ At our Pastoral Leadership Team meetings we use a template that helps us consider all aspects of parish life under major headings, such as “Sunday experience”, “outreach/evangelism”, “finances”, “buildings”, etc. At one of our recent meetings we talked a fair amount about “faith

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Bulletin Letter – 11/18/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                               +JMJ Here is the famous “Prayer to St. Michael”, which was written by Pope Leo XIII in 1896, and required to be said at the end of all “low Masses” before Vatican II. Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against

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Bulletin Letter – 11/4/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ We had the last of three security meetings with local law enforcement officers this past Wednesday at our Antwerp campus. I am so grateful for the very engaging way Sheriff Landers and his team considered each of our campuses and addressed those parishioners

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