Browsing the 2017 archive of From the Pastor

A Parish-Wide Process: Recommending Persons to Serve on Our Pastoral Council

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 10/22/17

   In the life of our parish communities, the Pastoral Council plays an important, unique role.

Based upon the Mission Statement of the parish, the Pastoral Council, working with the Pastor, plans for the spiritual growth of our parish community. It is vital that the members of the Pastoral ... Read More »

Trancending the Separation between Church and State in our Country

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 10/10/17

   As I reviewed the Mass intention schedule recently at Resurrection Parish, I noticed that a Mass intention was listed as follows: Special Intention: President Donald Trump. I was overwhelmed with tears of gratitude and joy as I prepared to celebrate Mass for this intention. I do not know how ... Read More »

The Spiritual Nature of All that We are About

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 10/01/17

   Many of us identify spiritual activities with actions such as celebrating Mass, learning more about our Faith and reaching out to others in a variety of ways. Sometimes, people are upset when the topic of money comes up in church. For a number of persons, how we relate ... Read More »

The Nature of the Priesthood That We Are Invited to Support

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 9/24/17

   To express in a concise way the nature and work of the Priesthood, I am choosing to do this within the context of questions that persons often ask to learn more specifically about a given endeavor. WHAT is the Priesthood? It is a unique role in the Church ... Read More »

The Nature and Scope of Catechesis

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 9/24/17

   As Catholics, many of us were baptized as infants, long before we realized what happened on this most special occasion. At Baptism, we became children of God and members of the Church. Catechesis can be described as the life-long process of growing into what it means to be a ... Read More »

Practicing Catholics Who Fall Between the Cracks

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 9/11/17

   During this month, a number of the youth of both parishes will continue to prepare in depth to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Bishop Thomas is to confer this Sacrament on our Candidates on Thurs., April 12th, 2018 at St. Mary Parish. Over the years, I’ve come across ... Read More »

Implications of the Sacrament of Baptism

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 9/11/17

   The Catholic Church stresses the importance of the Sacrament of Baptism in the following ways. First, the Church urges that in families in which at least one parent is Catholic, parents in these families arrange for the baptism of their child as soon after the birth of the ... Read More »

A Joint Catholic/Lutheran Observance Coming Up

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 8/27/17

   On Sunday, September 10th at 3:00 p.m., Bishop Daniel Thomas and Bishop Daniel Beaudoin of the Northwestern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will lead a joint Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Findlay.     As ... Read More »

An Inter-Christian Dilemma

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 8/21/17

   From time to time, we find ourselves drawn to liturgical services with others in non-Catholic Christian churches in which Holy Communion is offered. We want to be with loved ones and friends at weddings and at funerals. At times like these, non-Catholic Christians are drawn to come to Masses ... Read More »

The Importance of Promoting Sacramental Marriage

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 8/14/17

   As goes the quality of marriages, so goes the quality of life in the Church and in the world as a whole. While the Eucharist is the summit and climax of the Church’s sacramental life, it can be said that sacramental marriage serves as the basis and foundation of ... Read More »