Browsing From the Pastor

Browsing From the Pastor

Balancing the Ideal and the Practical in Regard to Safeguarding Human Life

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 1/22/17

   In an ideal world, there would be no need to develop laws that prohibit abortion. Let’s imagine what life would be like in such a world.      As an analogy, we might consider the following. As Catholics, we are asked to observe Holy Days of Obligation. On ... Read More »

Promoting Christian Unity

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 1/15/17

   Many of us have family members, relatives and friends who belong to non-Catholic faith communities. Religious groups that baptize persons with water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit are recognized by the Roman Catholic Church as Christian faith communities. ... Read More »

Relating to the Bodies of Our Deceased Loved Ones in a Manner That Honors Them as Persons

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 1/06/17

RELATING TO THE BODIES OF OUR DECEASED LOVED ONES IN A MANNER THAT HONORS THEM AS PERSONS    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 ... Read More »

A New Year's Resolution

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 1/06/17

   Many of us want to make a fresh start as we begin another New Year. If we sense that we are on the right track in regard to the development of our lives, we will want to remain on course. Sometimes as we look back, we realize that ... Read More »

Celebrating the Best Christmas Ever

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 1/06/17

   From all that we see and hear, this is supposed to be the happiest time of the year. What more could one wish for than festive decorations, tasty foods, holiday music, gatherings with family and friends, time off from work and from school and other blessings. From all that ... Read More »

A Standing Welcome to All!

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 12/18/16

   People travel to our State for a variety of reasons. Two events that drew persons to Ohio during the present year were the Republican National Convention in July, and more recently, the World Series in baseball. We are all drawn to that which we perceive to be significant. ... Read More »

Receiving & Extending a Gift that Continues to Give

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 12/14/16

   During this time of the year, many of us think about gifts that we can give to persons about whom we care. An on-going gift that all of us can offer to others is that of the best version of ourselves. We’ve been created and redeemed to live ... Read More »

Communion Services

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 12/14/16

BISHOP THOMAS’S THINKING AND POLICY ABOUT COMMUNION SERVICES:    Recently, I, Fr. Beaver, was asked to review our Diocesan policy in regard to holding Communion Services on days on which a priest is not available to celebrate Masses on weekdays in a given parish.      I will share ... Read More »

A Built-In Opportunity to Witness to Our Faith

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 12/05/16

   This coming Thursday, December 8th, we, as Church, will be observing the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of our Blessed Mother. For all Catholics, there is as serious a responsibility to participate at Mass for this occasion as there is to come to Mass each weekend. Masses for this ... Read More »

Advent-The Start of a New Church Year

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 11/27/16

At the beginning of a new calendar year, a number of us are inclined to make resolutions, namely styles of behavior that enable us to work toward the goal of becoming our best selves.

As we begin a new church year this weekend, I invite us to make spiritual ... Read More »