Diocese of Toledo, Ohio

2018 archive of From the Pastor

2018 archive of From the Pastor

Zeroing in on One of the Precepts of the Catholic Church

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 4/15/18

   At heart, we are a people who live in a covenant relationship with the Lord. In relating to us in a loving way, God always takes the initiative. Hopefully, we will strive to love the Lord in all aspects of our lives, both as individuals and in the ... Read More »

Celebrating the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 4/08/18

 Next Sunday, April 15th, we will celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick within the Sunday Mass at 3:00 p.m. at Resurrection Parish, Lexington. I am planning to invite a visiting priest to come to help administer this Sacrament and the Eucharist. Persons who attend this Mass are ... Read More »

Easter: The Affirmation of our Lenten Observances

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 4/08/18

  Now that we have completed our Lenten observances, a question that arises for many is: Where do we go from here?

   During the just-completed Lenten Season, many of us, with the Lord’s help, have made progress in regard to the goal of becoming the best version of ... Read More »

The Hidden Mass that Connects our Parish with the Church on the Diocesan and World Levels

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 3/26/18

    In more recent years on Tuesday of Holy Week, our Bishop presides at a most special Mass at our Cathedral, called the Chrism Mass. According to the Roman Missal, this Mass which the Bishop concelebrates with his presbyterate is intended to be a manifestation of the Priests’ ... Read More »

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 »


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