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Bulletin Letter – 2/11/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Here is the opening prayer for the Mass of Ash Wednesday, which begins the holy season of Lent: Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils,

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Bulletin Letter – 2/4/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Next weekend Bishop Thomas begins his Annual Catholic Appeal, entitled “Giving With Faith, Hope and Love”.  I would like to encourage everybody to participate, even if only in a small way. Even if you send in only five dollars, that is so greatly

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Bulletin Letter – 1/28/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ A week ago we had another finance council meeting. Here are the highlights: -We first looked at the balance sheet, the profit and loss statement, the accounts payable statement. We didn’t have a member of the Council who had done a recent internal

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Bulletin Letter – 1-21-18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ I want to put out one last call for our lost St. Cecilia statue at our Paulding campus. For decades there was a statue of St. Cecilia in the choir loft, donated by a former choir director. When we started renovations of the

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Bulletin Letter – 1/14/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Perhaps you remember that this past fall, the Diocese held its second annual pastoral-issues convention. The main speaker was Matt Fradd, an Australian who speaks around the world about the rising epidemic of what has come to be known as “the new drug”

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Bulletin Letter – 1/7/18

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ From time to time throughout my priesthood I have had parishioners ask me if the law of abstinence from meat on Fridays still applies. Many of them heard that it no longer applies, since Vatican II. But, in fact, that is a mistaken

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Bulletin Letter – 12/31/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ First of all, so many thanks to all those who put so much extra work into our Advent and Christmas celebrations. I realize the decorating task is more involved with special holidays. And we have all the extra ceremonies where more music is

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Bulletin Letter – 12/24/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ We celebrate Christmas this week, the birth of Love Incarnate, Jesus Christ, God’s Love entered into our world, so that we could see Him, hear Him, touch Him, …. ultimately know Him. As I am writing this letter, I have just finished celebrating

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Bulletin Letter – 12/17/17

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Here is a beautiful quote from Pope Benedict XVI that I saw this past week: If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful, and great. This can be fine meditation for us as we

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Bulletin Letter – 12/10/2017

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                                                                  +JMJ Last month, on November 16th, we had another finance council meeting. Other priorities kept me from putting the notes in the bulletin until now. Here are the highlights from that meeting: -We reviewed the balance sheet, profit and loss statement, and accounts payable

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