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

Pastor's Letter

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dear Parishioners:

   The following is reprinted from an online resource called Impact: Bring faith to life.  Find life in faith:

   Do This We hear it every time we go to Mass. 'Do this in memory of me.' Yet how often do we stop to think about it and take it to heart? Jesus' command is at the very center of Christian discipleship. What does it mean to 'do this?'

   Do this. Wash feet. On the night before he died, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, saying, 'I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.' Foot washing is about humble service. To wash another's feet is to touch the most needy part of that person's life with the love of Christ.

   Do this. Become Eucharistic. At the Last Supper, Jesus said, 'This is my body, which is given for you. This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.' (Lk 22:19-20) Jesus gave himself completely for our sake. Taking part in the Eucharist is more than 'going to Mass.' In the words of St. Augustine, 'we become what we receive.' Through active participation in the Mass, we become more like Christ, ready to give of ourselves, to sacrifice. 

   Do this. Be united to Christ in community. Receiving the Body and Blood of our Lord is a sacred moment of unity with Christ. It is about more than 'me and Jesus,' however. Our union with Christ draws us to be in communion with others. Do this. Do this. Live Christ's mission. We are sent into the world to share Christ's presence through our loving attention and service. Christ's mission is our mission.

   Do this. Christ's commission at the Last Supper is the guiding principle of our lives: 'Do this in memory of me.'

   We rejoice with the children who are receiving their First Holy Communion at the 5 p.m. vigil Mass of Sunday, this Saturday.  May their families— and the entire faith family of Saint Mary— actively support them in receiving the Eucharist on a continuous basis.

   Finally, it was commented to me recently, 'We haven’t heard about Vicar the cat for a while.  I think you will understand why I do not want constantly to be talking about an animal—even a very loyal and comical pet like Vic— in this column.  That having been said, he is good company, as many who have house animals know.  Recently, someone brought some fresh catnip from their garden.  Vic reacted with a little dance.  This is what I read:

The cats that do go crazy are responding to the active ingredient in catnip called Nepetalactone. The reaction to this chemical is caused by the organ that operates a cat's five senses (touch, smell, sight, sound and taste.) Those cats that do react will eat it or lick it; some roll in it and others just sniff it.  

I believe Vic did all of the above!

  Peace,

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An Invitation for Nonpracticing Catholics

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

Are you a Catholic who now feels separated from the Church?

Would you like to know more about the Catholic Church as it is today?

Would you like to feel at home in the Catholic Church again?

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 Monday, April 17, 2017 from 7-8:30 pm. For more information, call Mindy at 330-464-8873 or mindyptp@aol.com.

Mary's Tears Grief Support Group

Mary's Tears next Grief Support Group will begin April 17, 2017 after Easter.  There will be six consecutive Monday evening sessions from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  We invite you to join us then if you experience the loss of a loved one.  Before the next group begins if you would like to be contacted by one of the facilitators you may call Tony 330-321-3854, Mary 330-601-0236, or Joan 330-262-8276 for information or support.