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

Pastor's Letter

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dear Parishioners,

   On Tuesday of this week, parishioner Tony Gallagher brought to morning Mass, a photograph of his recently-born granddaughter, Gillian Jeanne Gallagher.  You will have read her name under the intercessory prayer column, in this and other issues of the bulletin.  She was born quite prematurely in terms of the gestation cycle.  Nevertheless, the picture, taken in a neonatal intensive care unit, shows a  precious, beautiful child.  A powerful detail in the photo: Mom and Dad’s wedding bands fitting generously over Gillian’s tiny  hand and arm  WOW!  What a message of the sacredness of marriage and the link with family life!

   A great big “Well Done, Crew”  to the St. Mary Parish Pastoral Council members, and other parishioners, who assisted in the organization and celebration of our annual parish picnic.  300 or so joined us for part or all of the event at the Finn Pavilion, last Sunday.  Some of our teens led the way in liturgical ministries for the Mass, and a great time was enjoyed.

   As we mark Labor Day weekend, although school has been in session for a couple of weeks or so already, still these coming several weeks will witness a great deal of pastoral activity starting up anew, here at the parish.  While many of these offerings have their own articles, I would like simply to highlight some dates for us to note in advance on our calendars:


   **Catholic Booth at Wayne County Fair:       September 7-12

Volunteers needed: call Sally at 330-345-2438


   **Fall Natural Family Planning Training:      begins on 9/13

Registration: mattandsarah@zoominternet.net 


   **High School Youth Ministry        begins 9/14

Adult Info. Meetings on Sep. 3 or Sep. 7


   **Mary’s Tears Grief Support Group        begins 9/15

Information: call Joan at 330-262-8276


    **Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults:        begins 9/18

Information: contact Fr. Augustine at parish office


   **Sunday Parish School of Religion (PSR):   begins on 9/21

Registration:ongoing—online or at Religious Ed Office


   ** Adult Faith Formation       kicks off on 9/21


  **Virtus Training       September 23

(awareness ed. for all volunteers working with youth)

          Registration: www.virtus.org


   “I was in prison, and you visited me!”

   Here are some of the prayer petitions of individuals at the local jail, who were visited and prayed with on a recent Sunday:

Please pray for my daughter, Saje, that she knows that her daddy thinks of her and loves her all day and night…

I would like for you to pray for all the men and woman in jails all over that they may hear God’s word and become closer to him.

   Those looking to celebrate Mass on Labor Day have two options: 7 a.m. at church or 9:30 a.m. at Westview Healthy Living (formerly Westview Manor).  The parish office will be closed on Monday and will reopen on Tuesday, September 2.  

    Peace,  Fr. Stephen 

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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 Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 7-8:30 pm. For more information, call Mindy at 330-464-8873 or mindyptp@aol.com.