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

Pastor's Letter

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Dear Parishioners,

   At this weekend’s Masses, we will hear a brief witness from current members of the St. Mary Parish Pastoral Council.  They will share something of their experience, serving in this major advisory body within our community.  The hope is that men and women parishioners will be prompted by their words, to consider placing your names forward as candidates for service in the 2015-2016 year.  Nominations and elections will occur within the month of February.  Next weekend, in-pew nomination cards will be available.

   Also coming up in February, as indicated elsewhere on this page, is the Catholic Charities Annual Appeal. Those who have pledged in past years will already have heard From Bishop Lennon.  Each and every one of us who is in a position to do so, is asked to consider prayerfully the message, “Open Your Heart To Live Joyfully and Generously!”  It is the joy of our encounters with Jesus that fills our heart with love for others and changes the  course of our lives.  As our Holy Father “calls us to be in the streets...inviting and serving those who have been left out.”

   I realize that it may seem, at times, that there is a constant solicitation of donations for the poor. For example, I want to acknowledge that we have been greatly edified at the response to our local Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  All we can say is that the need is continuous and the need is present in our immediate neighborhoods as well as beyond, in all communities.  

   In terms of the “local impact” of Catholic Charities funding, here in Wayne County— in fact, right on our St. Mary parish grounds— funds raised through this appeal help to support programs that offer mental health services for children, adults, and families, including assessment and treatment of emotional disorders, parent-child conflicts, grief and loss issues, abuse and adjustment concerns.  I thank you, in advance, for your financial support of the mission of the Church in our parish, our diocese and throughout Northeast Ohio.

   WOW!  The progress on the canopy is so evident to the eyes.  I would like to throw out something now, in advance of the time of availability.  Once the portico is complete, we anticipate that we will no longer have use for the temporary ramp that Joe Cannon constructed for building access during the project.  It is very solid! If you or someone you know of, may have use for it for their home, please let us know in the parish office.

   I am so grateful to the team of our Couples Ministry, that they are once again hosting the Dinner for Three on February 13.  I want to emphasize that this evening of prayer, food and holy fellowship is open to married and engaged and discerning couples.  We welcome couples from other parishes and churches as well.

   Finally, THIS FRIDAY (Feb. 6) is Night in Tuscany!  There is still time to purchase tickets!

    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.