Browsing From the Pastor

Browsing From the Pastor

On-Going and Upcoming Opportunities to Proactively Witness to Our Faith

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 3/18/18

   One of the most powerful ways that we can witness to our Faith is by gathering faithfully to celebrate Mass. A number of circumstances can make this practice challenging. Coming to Mass can be a real sacrifice when persons with whom we live and associate see no value ... Read More »

Relating to the Bodies of Our Deceased Loved Ones in a Manner That Honors Them as Persons

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 3/12/18

    As most of us are aware, cremation has become more and more commonplace despite the Church’s stated preference for full burial. In addition, when cremation does occur, all too often the cremated remains are not reserved in a permanent, sacred place as Church law requires.

   This ... Read More »

The Sacrament of Confirmation-A Significant Step in an On-Going Process

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 3/04/18

   On Thurs., April 12th, Bishop Thomas will be coming to St. Mary Parish to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation upon a number of youth from both St. Mary and Resurrection Parishes. On the one hand, like Baptism, Confirmation is a Sacrament that occurs only once. The action of ... Read More »

A Direct Relationship Between a Penitential Spirit and a Life of Generosity

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 2/25/18

   The Lenten Season invites us to continue to live in a grateful and loving manner in response to all that God continues to give to us and do for us in our Lord Jesus Christ.    Next Sunday, March 4th, St. Mary Parish is to host the annual Area ... Read More »

Providing for Security at Masses and at Other Parish Events

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 2/18/18

    The more recent shootings at a church in Texas challenge us to look at the matter of providing for the safety of all who gather for Masses and for other parish events and activities.    It seems that there are two extremes that we would hopefully want to ... Read More »

Lent Starts This Coming Wednesday, February 14

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 2/11/18

  The Christian Faith centers around the Events of the Sufferings, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, which we refer to as the Paschal Mystery. In and through these Saving Events, we are offered the forgiveness of all our sins and the continuing opportunity to realize in ... Read More »

Announcing the Inevitable

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 2/03/18

   As many are aware, in the Diocese of Toledo, priests are normally appointed to serve as Pastors for a term of six years. The term for a pastor is often renewed once. Normally after serving for twelve years as a pastor in a given parish or parishes, the ... Read More »

Holy Communion from the Cup

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 2/03/18

  As an effort to minimize the possibility of transmitting the flu and other harmful viruses, we will refrain from distributing the Cup at our Masses during the months of February and March. At the Masses at which a Deacon is scheduled to exercise his ministry, as an ordinary ... Read More »

National Catholic Schools Week Occurs this Week

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 1/28/18

   Regardless of how parents choose to provide for the faith formation of their children, we all have a common mission: 1) to celebrate the Good News of God’s redeeming love for us and for all people in Jesus Christ; 2) to appreciate that the Faith that we celebrate ... Read More »

Renewing Our Motivation to Safeguard the Lives of All Persons, Including the Unborn

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 1/21/18

   The Masses for this weekend are being celebrated between two significant national observances: the March for Life in Washington, D.C. and the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, which is to occur on Monday, January 22nd.     The struggle to protect the lives of unborn ... Read More »