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Bulletin Letter — 8/27/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Please mark your calendars for the weekend of September 9-10. On that weekend, Father Phil Smith, our new Director of Vocations for the Diocese, will be joining us to preach at all of our weekend Masses on the topic of vocations. Then, after

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Bulletin Letter — 8/20/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Where would I be, had they not invited me? I’m referring to a couple young men on my dormitory hall at the University of Michigan back in September 1982. The men were part of a group called University Christian Outreach. They invited me

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Bulletin Letter – 08/13/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ  Canon Law (Church law) requires that once a year there be a financial disclosure to the whole parish. The fiscal year for the Diocese runs July 1-June 30; and the end-of-year reports are due by the end of July. The financial information in

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Bulletin Letter – 8/6/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Eight weeks have flown by way too fast! Our summer seminarian, Deacon Scott Perry, has reached his last weekend with us. I am very grateful for the great hospitality I have seen on the part of our parishioners, making Deacon Scott feel right

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Bulletin Letter = 7/30/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ When I got back from my vacation two weeks ago, I was greeted with a great surprise. The office staff, with the help of a number of volunteer parishioners, dramatically cleaned up my office at the Ed Center. Cluttered shelves were replaced with

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Bulletin Letter – 7/16/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Two weeks ago a number of us from the staff leadership team, and an usher-representative from each campus attended a seminar on the topic of hospitality, arranged by the Diocese. The main speaker throughout the day was Chris Turner, a young man with

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Bulletin Letter – 7/9/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ We now have scheduled our second junior high and senior high school men’s vocation faith basketball event. Next Sunday, July 16th at 2pm, we’ll begin at Paulding Middle School gymnasium with a basketball game. At half-time Deacon Scott – who will also be

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Bulletin Letter – 7/1/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ First of all, thank you to the many who stopped by my 20th anniversary of priesthood party last Sunday, as well as those of you who sent cards with thanksgivings and prayers and even gifts! What a packed twenty years it has been!

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Bulletin Letter – 6/25/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                 +JMJ Here’s another letter to unpack a bit more Bishop Thomas’ mission for us, “Holy Disciples, Holy Families, Holy Vocations”. Not too long ago, during an exercise time, I listened to an interview with Sherry Weddell, the author of Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path

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Bulletin Letter – June 18, 2017

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                                        +JMJ First of all, many thanks to everybody who helped plan and accomplish the welcome reception last Sunday for our summer seminarian, Deacon Scott Perry! What an appropriate way to welcome our summer Deacon;

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