PASTOR'S COLUMN, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2018

Submitted by St. Mary on Sun, 02/04/2018 - 9:19am

From Father Stephen:

   The 2018 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal will take place next weekend in our parish, as it will throughout the entire Diocese of Cleveland. Please refer to the insert in this week’s bulletin which includes our parish’s goal—$84,566 —and an overview of the importance of Catholic Charities in our communities. This year’s appeal theme is Your Mercy: Transforming Lives and Communities. Your generous support will transform the lives of others, to offer dignity, possibilities and companionship to those who are most vulnerable.

   As in the past, an in-pew commitment process will take place next weekend, February 10- 11. All who have not received the mailing from Bishop Perez, or have not had a chance to respond to it, will be asked to consider making a generous pledge to support the ministries and services provided by Catholic Charities. If you have received the mailing, please respond generously to it.  To foster a spirit of prayerful solidarity, even those who have responded in advance will be asked to complete the in-pew envelope and indicate by checking the box that you have responded by mail. We invite you to view the stories of inspiration and more information at: www.catholiccommunity.org/2018Appeal.

   With this Saturday’s Mass, we formally conclude Catholic Schools Week.  However, why not keep the momentum of celebration going?  At most of the Masses, we will hear a testimonial from one of our current St. Mary School students.  Thank you to all parishioners for continuing to keep the school in your prayers and in your perspective of those things that make us a vital parish.

   In this issue, you will discover news regarding our upcoming Lenten mission.  While it is a few weeks away, we want to spread the word as widely as possible, in order to maximize our participation.  The first evening will consist of a very peaceful and meditative prayer service, to open our hearts to the healing power of Jesus.  The following two nights will be led by Deacon Robin Adair, from the community of St. Augustine in Barberton.  Start now to make plans to join us! On Wednesday of that same week,  once again the Diocese of Cleveland will celebrate the healing of Reconciliation by having Confessions available at every church in the diocese.

  Peace,

            Fr. Stephen