Diocese of Toledo, Ohio

From the Pastor

From the Pastor

January 16th/17th Bulletin Article

Posted by Sara Bessemer on 1/13/21

Dear Friends,

            Thank you for your birthday wishes and greetings! While sadly I wasn't with you to celebrate Mass, it was a great birthday: the Browns beat the Steelers to win their first playoff game since the 1994 season (a Wild Card game against the Patriots on New ... Read More »

January 9th/10th Bulletin Article

Posted by Sara Bessemer on 1/13/21

Dear Friends,

            Thank you to everyone who decorated our parishes beautifully for Christmas and to everyone who helped in some way to help with Christmas Masses. Obviously, the weather made things difficult on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and yet, the Masses were still beautiful, and we worshipped ... Read More »

Jan 2nd/3rd Bulletin Article

Posted by Sara Bessemer on 1/02/21

Dear Friends,

            I want to say thank you to everyone who sent me Christmas cards and to everyone who gave me cookies and other gifts. You are all so kind, thoughtful, and generous. I am deeply appreciative of how you remembered me this Christmas. Thank you!

            As ... Read More »

Dec 26th/27th Bulletin Article

Posted by Sara Bessemer on 12/26/20

Dear Friends,

            Merry Christmas! As you read this, we have passed December 25, and that means that the Christmas season has just begun! We will celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, the Epiphany, and the Baptism of the Lord; this weekend we celebrate the Holy Family ... Read More »

December 19th/20th Bulletin Article

Posted by Sara Bessemer on 12/18/20

Dear Friends,

            As of the time I am writing this bulletin letter, Richland County is in a Level 4 (purple) Health Advisory. I have been asked if we will continue to celebrate Holy Mass publicly with such a designation. Guidance from the Diocese of Toledo, as was my ... Read More »

Bulletin Article December 12th/13th

Posted by Sara Bessemer on 12/16/20

Dear Friends,

            Rejoice! This is the watchword of this Third Sunday of Advent, typical referred to as Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is a Latin word meaning “rejoice!” There is a reason for joy and rejoicing: we are at the midway point of Advent, Christmas is close, our Savior is ... Read More »

Bulletin Article Dec. 5/6

Posted by Sara Bessemer on 12/04/20

Dear Friends,

            John the Baptist is one of the towering figures in the season of Advent. He is, as we heard Isaiah quoted in today's passage from the Gospel of St. Mark, “a voice of one crying out in the desert,” preparing the way of the Lord. As ... Read More »

Bulletin Article Nov. 28/29

Posted by Sara Bessemer on 12/04/20

Dear Friends,

            We enter into the season of Advent. It is the beginning of a new year within the Church's liturgical calendar. It is a time of preparation for Christmas, with that preparation sometimes dominated by shopping, wrapping gifts, baking and cooking, sending Christmas cards, gathering for parties. ... Read More »

Bulletin Article Nov. 21/22

Posted by Sara Bessemer on 11/22/20

Dear Friends, God allows us to be disappointed in order that we may turn back to Him. These were words I shared last week. The disappointments we experience in life are many and varied: in relationships and friendships, in job and career, in health, in hopes, plans, dreams, and ... Read More »

Dissapointments and Blessings

Posted by Barb Weaver on 11/09/20

Dear Friends,

            I was listening to a radio program a few weeks ago hosted by my Latin professor from seminary. During the program, he stated that God allows us to be disappointed in order that we may turn back to Him. Each one of us has plans, dreams, ... Read More »

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