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

Pastor's Letter

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Dear Parishioners:

   It has a way of sneaking up on us, does it not?  Despite the fact that the beginning of Lent— and, therefore, the date of Easter— is on the later side of the continuum of possible timing, a good many people have commented to me, using statements like, “Wow, Ash Wednesday already?”  I do not intend to spend this space with excessive analysis of the possible reasons for this reaction.  Perhaps, above anything else, it is an indication of the high significance of the Lenten time, as a time for renewal and discipline and, hence, a renewal of spirit in living our discipleship.

   I hope that by now, you have received, at your home address, the mailing Journey through the Paschal Mystery, which is our annual brochure highlighting the major liturgies and other opportunities for faith development that will be offered over the coming weeks of Lent-into-Easter.  We have a limited number of extra copies available in the office area, should you find yourself in need.

   Once again, as a parish we are committing to the almsgiving program, Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl. The following appears on one of the flaps of the rice bowl kit:

Through Catholic Relief Services, we encounter our brothers and sisters most in need around the world.

Catholics in the Unites States touch more than 100 million lives through CRS programs.

Motivated by the example of Jesus Christ, CRS’ work reaches communities in 101 countries.

CRS Rice Bowl helps Catholics respond to Pope Francis’ call to build a “culture of encounter.”

 This year, in order to support the element of the simple meal as a sign of solidarity with our brothers and sisters, we will hold two communal meals: March 8 and April 5, at 6 p.m., in our parish hall.  There is a full-page announcement, elsewhere in this issue.

   We are only one week out from the Cornerstone Men’s Retreat.  This is the third year of offering this excellent spiritual booster shot for the men of the parish.  Please encourage the men in your circle-  family or otherwise— to participate.  Also in this issue is an announcement for a retreat for teens.  Parents, while I am not expecting you to coerce your sons and daughters into youth ministry, we really do need to work as allies— families and parish leadership—in order to motivate our young people to seek Christ and the support of peers, for living our their Catholic discipleship.

   Finally, this weekend begins expanded hours of Eucharistic Adoration.  Now, there will be a period of Adoration on Sunday evenings, 6:30—10:30p.m.  Then, once Adoration begins on Monday mornings at 9:00 a.m., it will continue through Thursdays at 6 p.m. (with the exception of Mass and funeral times).   Thank you to all those who have stepped forward, to commit to a holy hour.  Everyone is welcome!


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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 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.