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

Pastor's Letter

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Dear Parishioners:

   On Wednesday of this past week, our St. Mary Eighth Graders observed their graduation.  We congratulate the following in reaching this milestone and extend blessings over them as they move forward into the next horizon of their life of learning: 

 Thomas Carlisle Madeline Dyer

Riley Fearon      Maeve Florence-Smith

Nithya Gurumurthy Michaela Miller

Isabel Smith Hannah Watson

Rosalie Weyer Megan Williams

Sydney Wright

  Because of some other obligations within their community, this weekend we welcome Sr. Kathie Shea MMM to St. Mary Parish. While this is a much earlier point in the “summer” than we usually host the summer mission appeal, we are honored to hear the testimony of these consecrated women living their discipleship in Christ.

   Are you looking for an opportunity to blend physical activity of an athletic kind with fun and fellowship?  In case you didn’t have the opportunity to hear or read about it sooner, St. Mary is fielding a co-ed softball league this summer.  This is open to men and women, 16 years of age and older. Minors will need a waiver signed by their parents.  The sign-up sheet is located in the parish hall, on the large cabinet to the left of the television monitor.  More information is available in this issue of the bulletin.

   Also in this edition, we have published an insert from the Catholic Community Foundation (based in the Diocese of Cleveland) which provides an update on Rooted in Faith, Forward in Hope campaign.  It is truly a blessing that as of now, we are receiving a 70% share of the funds collected through the fulfillment of pledges— an indicator that we exceeded our original set goal.  Thank you so much  to those who are able to see their pledges to fulfillment.

   Distinct from this comprehensive multi-year initiative, I am sure we are all aware of the annual Catholic Charities Campaign.  This year, all parishes in the diocese are being asked to conduct a second in-pew invitation to potential and past donors.  For this phase of the campaign, there is a very specific focus: Homes for Our Future: Community Integration Project.  For generations, the Rose-Mary Center in Cleveland has provided a loving home for children with developmental challenges.

   Currently, they are striving to transition from an institutional-style environment to state-of-the-art community homes.  The first of these has been dedicated.  Now, we have the opportunity to contribute to this cause, through a new or increased gift to Catholic Charities.  The in-pew appeal will take place on the weekend of June 4 and 5, the first weekend of our summer Mass schedule (10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. Mass).

  Finally, next Monday — Memorial Day— there will be one Mass celebrated, at 8:30 a.m. at the St. Mary Cemetery — unless it’s absolutely pouring rain!

         PEACE TO YOU,

 

 

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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 4, 2016 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 Fall Grief Support Group will begin September 19, 2016.  We will meet for six consecutive Mondays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  We invite you to join us if you have lost a loved one and are struggling to adjust and find renewed hope in your life.  If you would like to be contacted by one of the facilitators or would like more information about Mary's Tears you may speak to Tony 330-321-3854,  Mary 330-601-0236  or Joan 330-262-8276.