PASTOR'S COLUMN, SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2019

Submitted by St. Mary on Sun, 03/24/2019 - 6:09pm

Dear Parishioners,

Following our tremendous Lenten mission— led by Dr. John Wood, there is great momentum to continue the movement beyond the moment!  This weekend, we will be introduced, as a parish, to an amazing resource that is available to every single parishioner of Saint Mary: FORMEDWe have been “teasing” you for a week or so.  FORMED can be likened to the “Netflix of Faith Formation.”  While I do not really want to encourage binge-watching of any kind, FORMED is sure to prove to be a revelation to any who chooses to use it.  Our first year of enrollment as a parish is totally funded by a grant from the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Cleveland. Let us show our gratitude by exploring all that is set right before us to help us grow in faith in our homes, in our gathered groups, as individuals and as families!

  

   The following is a broad but nevertheless heartfelt “thank you:” Special blessings to all who helped plan, prepare and present the Lenten Mission, Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Mission with Dr. John Wood.  Many participants expressed how John captivatingly inspired us to continue building our relationship to Christ and fired us up to persevere in passing on the Faith.  May John’s challenge to “SET THE WORLD ABLAZE” contribute to holding us lovingly accountable not to settle for less than becoming SAINTS!

  

   I would like to draw attention to another way in which Saint Mary parishioners are being acknowledged for making a difference for good in the community— the community beyond the limits of our own parish boundaries.  The Catholic Commission of Wayne, Ashland, Medina celebrates its 32nd Annual Pope St. John Paul II, Proclaimer of Justice Gala Dinner/Silent Auction on Saturday, April 6 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Hall, Wadsworth.

  

   Among the honorees: The 2019 Youth Justice Award honors St. Mary School-Wooster’s “Make a Difference” Student Social Justice Club. Social Hour/Silent Auction begin at 6:15PM, dinner at 7:05PM. Tickets can be obtained ($30/person), by contacting Jeff Campbell: 330-723-9615, x.11, jcampbell@ccdocle.org. Mail checks payable to “Catholic Charities Corp.”, to: Catholic Commission c/o WAM Gala, 4210 N. Jefferson St.-Suite A, Medina, OH 44256.

  

   I believe it is very important for us to keep in mind that what one parish offers is not in competition with another.  We have one shared mission as Church.  So, we are happy to publicize in this issue, for example, a women’s retreat taking place at St. Francis De Sales, Akron; a parish mission at St. Peter, Loudonville, and a screening at St. Francis, Medina, of a very important movie (Gosnell) for understanding some of the critically high stakes in the Pro-life movement.  If you cannot attend the showing in Medina, we will hold one here at St. Mary on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 28, in the parish hall.

 

                                              Peace,

                                                                     Fr. Stephen