Diocese of Toledo, Ohio

2021 archive of From the Pastor

2021 archive of From the Pastor

November 27th/28th Bulletin Article

Posted by Mary Young on 11/23/21

Dear Friends,

As I mentioned in last week’s column, I would like to spend some time discussing the Gospel, the Good News, of Jesus Christ. We could call it Salvation History or the story of Christianity. Whatever we call it, this story should captivate us, inspire us, overwhelm us. ... Read More »

November 20th/21st Bulletin Article

Posted by Mary Young on 11/17/21

Dear Friends,

Viva Christo Rey! Long live Christ the King!

There is a term out there to describe people living in the United States of America in the Year of our Lord 2021: WEIRD—Western, educated, industrialized, rich, democratic. Especially with regard to us being “educated,” we implicitly view ourselves ... Read More »

November 13th/14th Bulletin Article

Posted by Mary Young on 11/09/21

Dear Friends,

We heard from Deuteronomy 6 a few Sundays ago, and Jesus reiterated it when asked which is the first of all the commandments: “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone! Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with your whole heart, and ... Read More »

November 6th/7th Bulletin Article

Posted by Mary Young on 11/02/21

Dear Friends,

I shared with you two weeks ago the beginning of some insights from the Amazing Parish conference, specifically the need for all of us—beginning with me—to be transformed in Living Stones of the Church, living members of the Body of Christ. This transformation is brought about by ... Read More »

October 30th/31st Bulletin Article

Posted by Mary Young on 10/27/21

Dear Friends,

Today is Halloween. In many ways, Halloween has become a pagan holiday, and even more disturbingly, a day filled with occult imagery and practices. This is, to say the least, disappointing, considering that the origins of Halloween is Catholic. The origins of the word “Halloween” goes back ... Read More »

October 23rd/24th Bulletin Article

Posted by Mary Young on 10/19/21

Dear Friends,

Because I wrote a multi-part series on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for many, many weeks (which I hope to be able to collect into a book-like form for everyone), I did not have the opportunity to share insights from the Amazing Parish Conference, which was ... Read More »

October 16th/17th Bulletin Article

Posted by Mary Young on 10/14/21

Dear Friends,

I mentioned in a homily a few Sundays ago that we need to acquire a taste, a desire for holiness, and we can begin to acquire that taste for holiness by acquainting ourselves to holiness through what media we read, listen to, and watch. I thought it ... Read More »

October 9th/10th Bulletin Article

Posted by Mary Young on 10/14/21

Dear Friends,

We approach the end of this series on Holy Mass. We discussed last week the reception of Holy Communion. There is maybe one last thing to mention about the Communion Rite. In the Roman Missal (the book with the prayers and rubrics of the Mass), there is ... Read More »

October 2nd/3rd Bulletin Article

Posted by Mary Young on 9/29/21

Dear Friends,

Having spent enough time discussing various aspects of preparation for the reception of Holy Communion, it is now time to move into the actual reception of Holy Communion. Before reverently consuming the consecrated Host, the priest prays silently, “May the Body of Christ keep me safe for ... Read More »

September 25th/26th Bulletin Article

Posted by Mary Young on 9/22/21

Dear Friends,

At the end of last week’s bulletin column, I approached the topic of preparing ourselves for fully receiving the Blessed Sacrament. Some may wonder why they can’t go to Holy Communion if they are in a state or mortal sin. “Didn’t Pope Francis say that the Eucharist ... Read More »

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