Stations of the Cross
St. Mary
of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
527 Beall Ave Wooster OH • 330-264-8824

Pastor's Letter

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Dear Parishioners,

  I would like to plant a seed of thought: the year 2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of the current St. Mary Church building.  We know that the history of the parish dates back far beyond that time— 1846 is the year of establishment of the community.  Nevertheless, it is a rather significant milestone.  I have already brought this occasion  to the attention of our Parish Pastoral Council.  I anticipate that a task force will be established, which will ultimately decide on a fitting series of events and initiatives to tie in with this centennial.  

   In light of this, I invite parishioners to give prayerful thought to potential appropriate ways to mark this anniversary and to convey these ideas to our council representatives.  Since our next formal meeting is not until August, I am including their names and contact email addresses here, to facilitate this process and provide an avenue for respectful communication.

Mary Bartel, Chairperson

Tony Gallagher

Sally Huttinger

Terrie Koch

David Lohnes

Antrison Morris

Brian Ritchie Secretary

Ron Scherzinger

Kristie Shoulders, Vice-chair

Jeanette Stebbins

Keith Williams

Elsie Wilson


   Speaking of building structures, at last the bid packages for the portico project have gone out.  We expect interested bidders to submit their proposals within three weeks.  Soon after that, the work will be awarded.  I acknowledge that this probably seems quite delayed, but the effort has been there consistently.  Please pray for integrity and safety to those who will receive this employment!

   Hopefully, by now you have received in the mail a more personal invitation to the parish picnic, coming up on Sunday, August 24, at the Finn Pavilion at upper Christmas Run Park, off of Bowman Street, across from the YMCA building.  This year, we plan to have a significant amount of tented shade area, in addition to the permanent pavilion, itself.  Those with less mobility will have priority parking available.  It is meant to be a relaxed time for us to come together and share the joy of belonging.  It would be a great occasion for us to reach out to someone whom we have been missing, who may be self-conscious about “coming into church.”  The Lord Jesus, himself, went out to the highways and byways to welcome people to come to the table.  May we do the same.

    Peace,  Fr. Stephen

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Were you raised Catholic but do not come or seldom come to church anymore?

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No matter how long you have been away and no matter the reason, we invite you to consider renewing your relationship with the Catholic Church. Please join us for informal listening sessions and an update of the Catholic faith. The 6 sessions are held at St. Mary Parish Hall, beginning Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 7-8:30 pm. For more information, call Mindy at 330-464-8873 or