Diocese of Toledo, Ohio

2021 archive of From the Pastor

2021 archive of From the Pastor

Feb.27th/28th Bulletin Article

Posted by Sara Bessemer on 2/24/21

Dear Friends,

            In the bulletin and in my homily last week, I shared the quotation from C.S. Lewis about the fact loving others means becoming vulnerable to having our hearts broken. I shared that God's love for us is so tremendous that He humbles Himself, making Himself vulnerable, ... Read More »

February 21st/22nd Bulletin Article

Posted by Sara Bessemer on 2/17/21

Dear Friends,

            I'm not much of a golfer. I haven't golfed at all for two years, and before that, I played maybe a round once a year. I'm not very good: I don't practice and don't play enough to get some reps; I've never received any formal lessons, ... Read More »

February 13th/14th Bulletin Article

Posted by Sara Bessemer on 2/10/21

Dear Friends,

            Today is February 14, which you know as Valentine's Day. Perhaps it is not known that St. Valentine was a martyr, living in Rome in the 3rd Century. For many centuries, his feast day of February 14 was on the universal liturgical calendar, but now, his ... Read More »

February 6th/7th Bulletin Article

Posted by Sara Bessemer on 2/03/21

Dear Friends,

            Believe it or not, Lent is only ten days away. Instead of waiting until the day before to prepare, now is the time to begin preparing for Lent. First I'll provide some information regarding Ash Wednesday Mass and Lenten activities. The Ash Wednesday (February 17) Mass is:

9am – ... Read More »

January 30th/31st Bulletin Article

Posted by Sara Bessemer on 1/26/21

Dear Friends,

            I am probably late in bringing this to your attention, but there have been other topics and issues to share and discuss. Pope Francis declared a Year of St. Joseph, which began back on December 8, 2020 and will conclude on December 8, 2021. This Year ... Read More »

January 23rd/24th Bulletin Article

Posted by Sara Bessemer on 1/19/21

Dear Friends,

            The problems of our era are not political, no matter what you may hear. The problems of our era are spiritual. I recently read these words of the great Patrick Henry: “It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.” In addition to ... Read More »

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 »

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