PASTOR'S COLUMN, SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018

Submitted by St. Mary on Sun, 03/18/2018 - 10:23am

Dear Parishioners:

   Here is an update on St. Mary Parish Pastoral Council.  Four of our current members— Jesse Feldpausch, Russ Long, Loren Kirchner, and Diane Welshhans—will conclude their terms this month.  Since Jesse and his family recently have been in transition geographically, Bill Studenic (who was on the ballot last year) graciously stepped in to fulfill Jesse’s cycle.  

   Several weeks ago, we announced the opening of nominations for council representatives.  Originally, five names were received, which includes Mr. Studenic.  However, one individual from among those five declined.  Therefore, since the number of nominees matches the number of openings, a ballot is unnecessary.

   Nevertheless, we do not want to function on anonymity; therefore, in this issue, please find brief bios and photos of our four new council representatives.  Thank you to parishioners for your input!  Thank you to our new representatives for accepting the call: Marjean Kearney, Dave Siciliana, Jocelyn Stefancin, and Bill Studenic.  Again, please read their biographical sketches in this issue, and please hold the council regularly in your prayers,

   We have received very constructive feedback, related to our recent parish mission.  We are grateful to Deacon Robin Adair, from St. Augustine in Barberton and Guardian Angels in Copley, for his insights.  The Taize prayer service, which comprised the first night of the mission, was exceptionally well-received.  It is my hope that we will be able to offer this kind of prayer service several times throughout the course of a year.  People truly valued the opportunity for stillness and meditation.

   Thank you to Mrs. Kathy Gorman, our Kindergarten teacher, and the St. Mary School Social Justice Club, for hosting a beautiful prayer service this past Wednesday, for Peace in Our Schools and in Our World.  It provided a wonderful framework for forming the voices and hearts of our young people.

   We are quickly approaching Holy Week.  Therefore, I want to refresh awareness of some pertinent events and times, even while these have appeared in other sources.  On Holy Thursday, we once again will host a potluck meal in the Activity Center (gym) as a prelude to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper [details in this issue].  We welcome parishioners who have been participating in the CRS Ricebowl almsgiving project to begin to bring them in next weekend, Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion.  Those who are attending the Mass on Holy Thursday are encouraged to bring their rice-bowls with them on that evening.  Please make note of the additional opportunities for Confession, in Holy Week.

       Peace, 

            Fr. Stephen