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

Pastor's Letter

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Dear Parishioners:

Here are some thoughts from the road...

Ah, the joys and challenges of sharing the journey!!

On this present trip to Maine, I have had the company of my sister, Trisha. It is wonderful to have someone alongside of you to share conversation and the sights as they pass.

   Of course, there is also the need to take into consideration the pace and preferences of someone other than only yourself. Now, don't conclude that there have been any major arguments...it is just that most often I travel solo, and we humans do tend to become conditioned. Therefore, it is a particular grace for me to need to adjust on behalf of another. And after all, We know that Jesus sent his disciples out in pairs. Something tells me that his rationale extended beyond 'safety in numbers.' Accountability is an important element.

   Speaking of discipleship, of course we, as individuals and as a community, stand in sorrowful solidarity with the Church in France, following the barbarous murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel-- literally at the altar celebrating Mass. It is becoming growingly apparent that the very name of Christ is under attack. Some of the assaults are blatant and obvious. Others, my friends, are quite subtly disguised. In all cases, may we be vigilant and alert, lest we fail to offer the testimony of our lives.

Fr Jaque

   Below is a generated drawing of the plan to refurbish the Fatima Shrine. Hopefully, all will recall that this project was identified back when the Rooted in Faith, Forward in Hope diocesan initiative began. It is beyond a full year since we dedicated the portico. With 2017 the one hundredth anniversary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, it seems appropriate to bring renewed attention to this area of our campus. The lovely statues, originally donated by the Leo Miller family (1956), will be cleaned and newly installed, and a 'sitting wall', featuring the mysteries of the Rosary--including the Luminous Mysteries-- will be added. Other features, such as enhanced lighting, streamlined surfacing, and new landscaping, will round out the effort. Plans are to begin in September. Thank you to all who pledged and continue to complete their pledges to the campaign!

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100th Anniversary Concert

The music ministers of St. Mary Parish will be presenting a Centennial Concert in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of our church on Sunday, August 14 at 7:00 pm.  The program includes choral works, instrumental music and hymns centered on Marian texts.  In addition, the concert will premier a commissioned choral piece by Peter Douglas. A reception will follow in the parish hall.  All are welcome. 

Catholics Returning Home

Catholics Returning Home

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.