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Bulletin Letter – 5/13/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ First, some seminarian news. Please don’t forget the ordination of Deacon Scott Perry to the priesthood on May 26. And, note the time difference: It’s 10 AM for the ordination Mass, rather than 11 AM, as it has been for many years. I’d

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Bulletin Letter – 5/6/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ I am writing this letter in an airport, slowly making my way home from my course in Rome. The course was plenty of work, and I thank you all for the prayers for its fruitfulness. Many delays in flights on the way home

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Bulletin Letter – 4/15/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ First of all, thank you so much to everybody who helped in any way with preparing and carrying through the Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations! God’s mercy is so great…. deserving of a great celebration! For the weekdays after Easter I went on my

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Bulletin Letter – 4/8/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Thank you to everybody who put so much work into making our Easter Triduum services beautiful (deacons, musicians, cantors, ushers, decorators, sacristans, etc.) ! I was pretty proud of the way everything happened. I know it’s a ton of work to make our

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Bulletin Letter – 4/1/18

Dear Parishoners,                                                                                                                                   +JMJ Happy Easter! Although Christmas is perhaps the feast that people celebrate most exuberantly each year, Easter really is the first and highest feast of the liturgical calendar. Of course, Easter couldn’t happen without Christmas. But, Easter is the actual culmination of the mission

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Bulletin Letter – 3/25/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ I’m happy to let you know that a couple weeks ago I got a call from the Fr. Phil Smith, Vocations Director for the Diocese, asking us to take a seminarian for a couple summer months. Of course, I said yes, because our

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Bulletin Letter – 3/18/18

Dear Parishioners                                                                                                                                   +JMJ This week a small team of parishioners had our first official session of V Encuentro (Spanish for “Fifth Encounter”). V Encuentro  is a national program of outreach to Hispanics. It is called the “fifth” encounter, because ever since the early 1970s, there were

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Bulletin Letter – 3/11/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ One of my most moving experiences on the pilgrimage to the Holy Land was our Mass on the hillside of the Mount of Beatitudes, overlooking the Sea of Tiberias (aka., the Sea of Galilee). The shrine had written into the prayers and even

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Bulletin Letter – 2/25/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ This past week we had another Pastoral Council meeting. I took the opportunity to update the Council on where we stand with the whole volunteer life structure project. I reiterated the history behind my desire better to organize our volunteer ministries: the fact

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Bulletin Letter – 2/18/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ On Tuesday I leave with a group of about 30 parishioners on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, the land where Jesus grew up, ministered, and finally was crucified, died, buried and rose from the dead, and then ascended. It’s been about five years

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