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Bulletin September 30, 2012 Bulletin September 30, 2012

With Lifelong Faith Formation, we have so much going on right here. Besides
enhanced and improved programs for our children and youth, we
have many opportunities for all the adults. Currently we are learning
about the history of the early Church with its incredible impetus to
spread the Good News to the entire Roman Empire. Because of persecution
and personal sacrifices those first Christians give us an example of
what it means to be true to their faith.
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Bulletin September 23, 2012 Bulletin September 23, 2012
My Friends,

By now, most of us have adapted to last year's changes in the Roman Missal, and are more familiar with the prayers and responses. As we celebrate the year of Sunday Mass in the Archdiocese of Chicago, we are all invited to reflect on every part of the Mass.
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Bulletin September 16, 2012 Bulletin September 16, 2012
My Friends,

It is very exciting to participate in Adult Faith Formation. We are currently presenting Epic: A Journey Through Church History. While we all believe that we know everything about the church, there are many things we can learn. As for me, I learned that, although we say ‘it is my church’ or ‘it is your church’ or ‘it is our church’, it is actually Christ’s Church. Jesus Christ founded the Church. Another item we learned is that in Corinth about A.D.96 there was a riot in the church against the Presbyters, where younger members deposed older men of the church. Pope St. Clement intervened, writing a letter to the Corinthians saying it was disgraceful; that everyone should be setting a good example. It was a disgrace that they were setting a bad example, especially for those that wanted to join the church. He discussed the orders of the ministry, and asserted that they were established by the Apostles and were the will of God.
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Bulletin September 9, 2012 Bulletin September 9, 2012
My Friends,

I haven’t talked about Lifelong Faith Formation since the beginning of Lent and that was a long time ago. As a church we need to remember that faith formation is a lifelong and ongoing process; one that does not end with First Communion or Confirmation.
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Bulletin September 2 ,2012 Bulletin September 2 ,2012
Twelve Reasons From The Teachings Of The Church For Wanting To Spend One Hour With Jesus In The Blessed Sacrament

1. You are greatly needed! "The Church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic Adoration." (Pope John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae)
2. This is a personal invitation to you from Jesus. "Jesus waits for us in this Sacrament of Love." (Pope John Paul II, Dominicae Canae)
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Bulletin August 26, 2012 Bulletin August 26, 2012
Eucharistic Adoration

Everyone is invited to come and spend some time with Jesus at the Eucharistic Adoration on the first Friday of September (September 7). Eucharistic Adoration will be held in the Chapel from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm. Someone must always be present with Our Lord during this time. Sign up sheets are available in the Chapel and in the vestibule of the Church. Sign up for an hour or two to spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Grow in faith and love of the Lord.

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Bulletin August 19, 2012 Bulletin August 19, 2012
Reflections of “Chicago Values”

Recent comments by those who administer our city seem to assume that the city government can decide for everyone what are the "values" that must be held by citizens of Chicago.  I was born and raised here, and my understanding of being a Chicagoan never included submitting my value system to the government for approval.  Must those whose personal values do not conform to those of the government of the day move from the city?  Is the City Council going to set up a "Council Committee on Un-Chicagoan Activities" and call those of us who are suspect to appear before it?  I would have argued a few days ago that I believe such a move is, if I can borrow a phrase, "un-Chicagoan."
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Bulletin August 12, 2012 Bulletin August 12, 2012
My Friends,

Recently we had an arborist come out and inspect the ninety-one trees on our property. Fifty-two of these trees are non-leaf bearing and thirty-nine bear leaves. Three of our leaf-bearing trees are Ash and all of them are infested with the Emerald Ash Borer. Two of the trees must be cut down and the other will be treated by the arborist in the hope of trying to save it. The arborist said that the Emerald Ash Borer infestation this year is the worst he has ever seen. As you may know, the Emerald Ash Borer is native to Asia, and was first seen in the United States in 2002. The adult insect feeds on the leaves and does little damage, but the larvae feed on the inner bark, disrupting the trees ability to transport water and nutrients, eventually killing the tree. This summer’s drought conditions have made the Ash trees die much quicker. Many of the other leaf- bearing trees were found to have nutrient problems. If you look at some of the trees you will see the leaves are smaller and are not as green as they should be. This is because of the drought and must be treated. Some of the non-leaf bearing trees have either a fungus or have insect problems. The branches that have new growth are purple in color and are dying. The tips of some of the trees are dead. This is caused by insects eating it from the top down. All of these trees are in need of treatment. The arborist was out last week to begin treatment on the Ash tree. This week the other two Ash trees will be cut down and removed. I am very saddened that this has to be done. I really enjoy trees, grass, bushes, plants, flowers, and all types of greenery. They are a constant reminder of life and the passing of the seasons, which we all should pay attention to.
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Bulletin August 5, 2012 Bulletin August 5, 2012
My Friends,

Summer Camp here at St. Peter Damian was a wonderful success! Everyone enjoyed themselves. Both the children and teens had a great time with Dan, Ryan, Megan and Erin. Check out the pictures posted on the website to see the fun that was had by all. I’d like to thank Wendy Hendrickson, Pat Juvingo, Jackie Del Re, and Joel Hendrickson without whose help and dedication this experience would not have been possible. I’d also like to thank Jack & Carrie Budz and Beth Irving and her family for hosting our four leaders, and all the families who made lunches and dinners for them. They said they’ve never eaten so much great food! I cannot forget all our teens that helped with the children during the day. Your help was invaluable!
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Bulletin July 29, 2012 Bulletin July 29, 2012
Religious Liberty Under Attack – from USCCB Fact Sheet

The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association of the United Methodist Church is a ministry organization that owns a facility known as the Boardwalk Pavilion in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. This building and others on the same site have hosted church and worship services for over a century. The
pavilion is currently used for Sunday and weekday worship services, Bible programs, youth programs, and charitable fundraisers. However, in 2007, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights threatened to prosecute the Camp Meeting Association for adhering to its deeply held religious beliefs. State officials began an investigation because the Christian organization had refused to allow a same-sex civil union ceremony at the pavilion. The state based its investigation on the complaint of the two women who sought the ceremony.
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Bulletin July 22, 2012 Bulletin July 22, 2012
Religious Liberty Under Attack – from USCCB Fact Sheet

In 1994, New York City’s Department of Education denied the request of the Bronx Household of Faith and several other churches to rent space from public schools on weekends for worship services, even though non-religious groups could rent the same schools for scores of other uses. Litigation began soon afterward, and now, nearly 18 years later, about 60-80 small church and synagogue congregations continue to fight for their rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. The church groups have been serving their communities for years and simply wish to be able to rent vacant school space as the City allows other groups to do.
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Bulletin July 15, 2012 Bulletin July 15, 2012
Religious Liberty Under Attack – from USCCB Fact Sheet

In its over-100-year history, the University of California Hastings College of Law (UC Hastings) had never denied student organization status to any group. That is, until the law school decided in 2004 to strip the campus chapter of the Christian Legal Society (CLS) of recognition. The UC Hastings student CLS chapter welcomed all members of the university community to participate in its activities but required its officers and voting members—who spoke on its behalf, voted on its policies and programs, and led its Bible studies—to share and abide by the group’s core beliefs. These beliefs included being Christian and abstaining from sexual activity outside of marriage. UC Hastings decided at the beginning of the 2004 school year that CLS’s voting membership and office-holder requirements violated the religion and “sexual orientation” provisions of its Policy on Nondiscrimination. UC Hastings then denied CLS “Registered Student Organization” (RSO) status.
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Bulletin July 8, 2012 Bulletin July 8, 2012
Religious Liberty Under Attack – from USCCB Fact Sheet

For decades, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) has carried out the commitment of the U.S. Bishops to serve and advocate for refugees, asylees, and other forced migrants, immigrants, andother people on the move. Special concern is given to the most vulnerable among these populations, such as the victims of human trafficking. This commitment is rooted in the Gospel mandate that every person is to be welcomed by the disciple as if he or she were Christ Himself and in the right of every human being to pursue, without constraint, the call to holiness.
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Bulletin July 1, 2012 Bulletin July 1, 2012
Religious Liberty Under Attack – from USCCB Fact Sheet

Local Catholic Charities agencies around the country have long provided adoption and foster care services to the neediest children. Catholic Charities agencies often take on the most difficult placements, including older, abused children and children with disabilities and special needs. When placing children with couples, Catholic Charities makes sure those children enjoy the advantage of having a mom and a dad who are married.
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Bulletin June 24, 2012 Bulletin June 24, 2012
My Friends,

With this kind of hot weather we do not need to go to Florida. Paradoxically, Florida is here. Although there is much humidity and heat to endure, we are fortunate that our AC system was fixed and is in excellent condition. We can spend more time in prayer.
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Bulletin June 17, 2012 Bulletin June 17, 2012
My Friends,

I am happy to inform you that the Parish Pastoral Council is working well under new leadership. Its role in our parish community is more refined in terms of collaboration with the ministries, the pastor, the staff and councils. There was a meeting in May with a representative from the Archdiocese of Chicago. At the end of June, the Finance Council, the Parish Pastoral Council and the Staff will meet for an informal get together. In July there will be no meeting due to vacations. In August, the meetings will resume. We are blessed to have the following members on the council: Don Herweg, Frank Leuzzi, Sharon Lindensmith, Joann Mark, Benji Sabalvaro, and Joe Tomaeno.
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Bulletin June 10, 2012 Bulletin June 10, 2012
My Friends,

I would like to draw your attention to the upcoming June 1 release of an important new movie, For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada. Our parish is frequently asked to promote many deserving films, yet almost always we are not able to do so. But For Greater Glory is different. And that is why I urge you to see For Greater Glory and to encourage others to see it, too.
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Bulletin June 3, 2012 Bulletin June 3, 2012
This weekend, June 2-3, 2012, we are taking up a special collection for the Retired Priests of the Archdiocese. When priests retire from pastoral responsibilities, they remain ordained priests, configured through the Sacrament of Holy Orders to Christ, the head of his Body, the Church. Priests are not employees; they are fathers in Christ and brothers to all....

I am thankful to all of you for your most gracious generosity in this collection last year. I ask you to repeat your kindness this year. Your donations, your prayers and your good wishes are a great affirmation of our retired priests. Please pray for an increase in vocations to the
priesthood. You and those you love are in my prayers; please keep me in yours.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
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Bulletin May 27, 2012 Bulletin May 27, 2012
Dear Catholics of the Archdiocese of Chicago:

Because public discussion of the Department of Health and Human Services’ interpretation of the requirements of the health care reform legislation will remain a matter of public debate, I would like to pinpoint the Catholic Bishops’ concerns. They are two: 1) government infringement on religious liberty; and 2) restrictions on freedom of conscience.
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Bulletin May 20, 2012 Bulletin May 20, 2012
My Friends,

This week I would like to start by thanking all who purchased carnations last weekend on Mother’s Day. The proceeds are being given to the Fox Valley Pregnancy Center. ‘Since 1988, the Fox Valley Pregnancy Center (FVPC) has been providing resources and support for individuals facing challenges of an unintended pregnancy. A caring and experienced staff is available to provide support and guidance as needed, helping women to realistically, and without pressure, examine their ambitions, goals, rights and responsibilities in light of their present situations.’ Clients at the Center are serviced without regard to race, creed, nationality, or income. (Taken from the FVPC website)
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Bulletin May 13, 2012 Bulletin May 13, 2012
My Friends,

Much like owning a home, a church is always in need of maintenance, repair, and upkeep. Like a home, if this is not attended to, the buildings and grounds will soon become dilapidated and ruined.

Each year the heating and cooling systems, fire alarms and fire extinguishers are inspected and checked in all the buildings of our church grounds. There are a total of 30 heating and cooling units for our buildings. Upon inspection it was found that one furnace needed a new blower motor and one furnace needed a new control panel. One condenser unit needed a new capacitor and the 40 ton condenser unit has a leak in the system. To find the leak, 150 feet of pipe needs to be inspected which will take a long time. Once the leak is found it will need to be repaired and the system charged with refrigerant. This is a very expensive, yet necessary, repair.
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Bulletin May 6, 2012 Bulletin May 6, 2012
My Friends,

May is finally here! With it come the beautiful flowers of spring. All around us, everything is coming back to life. Flowers and trees are blooming, birds are singing, and the ducklings and goslings are taking their first steps and swims in the surrounding ponds.
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Bulletin April 29, 2012 Bulletin April 29, 2012
The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

This coming October 11, the Church will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the opening session of Vatican Council II. This great Council was the most significant Catholic event of the last century, and its deliberations and decrees will continue to influence the Church, as have the acts of ecumenical councils before it. The creed we say at Mass each Sunday, for example, comes from the earliest Councils of the Church in the fourth and fifth centuries. Vatican II was the twenty first Ecumenical Council of the Catholic Church.
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Bulletin April 22, 2012 Bulletin April 22, 2012
My Friends
We are truly blessed. We realize our potential. We share our talent. My special thank you goes to the Teen Band. Congratulations to Sarah Kinast (vocals), Connor Reppen (drums), and Danny Sedlack (electric guitar), members of St. Peter Damian's newly formed Faith Formation Rockers (Teen Band) through High School Faith Formation. The three shared their time and talent at last week's 9:30 a.m. Mass. They did a great job, and their talent was appreciated by all. We look forward to hearing them again next month!
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Bulletin April 15, 2012 Bulletin April 15, 2012
My Friends
I am deeply grateful to all who serve the Lord in the Sacred Liturgy, especially those who served during Holy Week. The Holy Triduum has been spiritually enriching. The music was wonderful; many thanks to Michele Nanto, our Music Director, and Jenny Holcomb, our Choir Director. They, along with the musicians, cantors, and choirs made our journey much more spiritual and sacred. Thank you also to our Deacons, Dave Sattler and Bob Esposito, for their participation and help; I am sincerely thankful to have them here at St. Peter Damian.
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Bulletin April 8, 2012 Bulletin April 8, 2012
My Friends

It’s happening again. Signs of life are emerging all around us from the bleakness of winter’s stark landscape. As we witness this rebirth, I think we all can attest to the fact that nature is, indeed, magnificent. And with the eyes of faith, we profess how even more magnificent is the God of nature.
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Bulletin April 1, 2012 Bulletin April 1, 2012
My Friends
Today, Palm Sunday, let us welcome Jesus into our lives, just as he was welcomed so long ago into Jerusalem. The Bible reveals that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowds greeted him by waving palm branches and covering his path with palms. Immediately following this great time of celebration in the ministry of Jesus, he begins his journey to the cross. As we begin Holy Week this weekend, I invite you to prayerfully and actively participate in the Pascal Triduum. We also call it Easter or Sacred Triduum. It marks the days of Jesus’ passion and resurrection. This is the most important time of year in the church calendar, as it marks the time when God sacrificed His Only Son for us and our redemption. The Pascal Triduum begins with the evening Mass of Holy Thursday, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes on Easter Sunday evening. Truly we all should attend these significant events.
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Bulletin March 25, 2012 Bulletin March 25, 2012
My Friends

In continuing my Lenten commitment of appreciation, I would like to thank the Knights of Columbus for providing an Honor Guard for Confirmation on Sunday, March 11 and Friday, March 16. Their participation was a wonderful addition to these celebrations. We are truly blessed with the commitment of these men.
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Bulletin March 18, 2012 Bulletin March 18, 2012
My Friends

I promised myself that for my Lenten commitment, or opportunity, as I like to refer to it, I would become more appreciative of those around me and of what I have been given. With that in mind, I would like to thank all those who volunteer their time working behind the scenes to make this parish such a great place.
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Bulletin March 11, 2012 Bulletin March 11, 2012
My Friends

What joy that has been! Last Sunday after each Mass we had Coffee and Fellowship combined with seeing the newly renovated halls on the lower level of the Chapel. All were nicely surprised with the pleasant modern look. Positive comments were overwhelming. The Chapel itself made an impression with regained beauty of the wooden panels, the new maple Altar supported by four angels, the prominence of the Statue of Infant Jesus of Prague, and the new votive LCD candles. Most importantly, everyone saw the tabernacle in the central point in the sanctuary the way it was at the time when this first Church was built; the original way. Let us keep up the good work we have begun.
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Bulletin March 4, 2012 Bulletin March 4, 2012
My Friends

I have not forgotten about all who have participated in our first Mardi Gras Party. It was a great success. Everyone enjoyed delicious food and awesome jazz music. I want to thank you for your good humor, smiles, and enthusiasm. This party would not be possible without dedicated volunteers who did extremely well attending to all the details of our carnival. I appreciate your diligent work very much. In serving others and Christ in His Church, you truly make our parish family thrive.
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Bulletin February 26, 2012 Bulletin February 26, 2012
My Friends

On Ash Wednesday I was inviting everyone to consider developing and expressing gratitude as a spiritual discipline. Have you ever known people who seldom say, “Thank you,” or express a sense of gratitude for the things done for or given to them? Some live as if they are entitled to the goodwill of others. Lent is a time to take stock of our life and that of community, to remember the unmerited good that has come our way and to repent of the wrongs we have done. In this way we express gratitude by opening our lives to examination, purification and correction. We express gratitude by seeking to live in a right relationship with God, world, and self.
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Bulletin February 19, 2012 Bulletin February 19, 2012
My Friends

There is so much to thank you for. Our participation in the Annual Catholic Appeal has showed that we truly care about the Archdiocese of Chicago. We have responded generously to our Archbishop’s call to imitate Christ. Thank you for sustaining the Catholic Church beyond our parish. For those who have not had an opportunity to support this great endeavor, I ask you to take a pledge envelope which can be found in the lobby of the Church. It is essential that all of us participate in the Annual Catholic Appeal.  Read more...
Bulletin February 12, 2012 Bulletin February 12, 2012
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I write to you concerning a most serious matter that negatively impacts the Church in the United States directly, and that strikes at the fundamental right to religious liberty for all citizens of any faith.

The U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services announced on Jan. 20 that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception. Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those “services” in the health policies they write. And almost all individuals will be forced to buy that coverage as part of their policies.
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Bulletin February 5, 2012 Bulletin February 5, 2012
My Friends,

I am writing to ask you to generously support the Annual Catholic Appeal. Each winter, Cardinal George writes to former contributors and new parish members asking for financial support for this fund that maintains ministries, programs and services benefiting all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago and throughout the world.
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Bulletin - Jan 29, 2012 Bulletin - Jan 29, 2012
Last Wednesday, we celebrated the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, the
apostle. When I was reflecting that day, I realized that many people are
always looking for perfect solutions, perfect decisions, and a perfect world.
They know it all. They do everything right. They seemingly live a blameless
life.
One can only imagine what it might have been like to meet Saint Paul personally.
When someone has the title of Saint in front of their name, we
might think of them as always doing the right thing, as well as being a faithful
follower of Christ. Perhaps we would imagine that they always had a
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Bulletin - Jan. 21, 2012 Bulletin - Jan. 21, 2012
It is easy to get the wrong idea about God. We often project on God an image
that we learned not from God, but from our own insecurities. We know
God doesn’t like sin; we know we are sinners – and so we live in fear. We
can think that he is ready to smite us.
This comes from our rebellion. We rejected God and became enslaved to
sin. That is why, in baptism, we have to make three promises to reject Satan,
his empty words and works. In baptism, we are leaving his family and
joining God’s. The Old and New Testaments are the story of God’s efforts to
teach us that he is love, not anger, as Satan told us, and how we are to love
in our new family.
God does this today by speaking directly to us. In the first letter of John it is
written: “If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses
him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him? Children, let
us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.”  Read more...
Bulletin - Jan 15, 2012 Bulletin - Jan 15, 2012
Last month we distributed the Catholic Art Calendars 2012 “Rejoice in My Love.” Each month of the New Year, we will be enjoying fine art, great paintings, and we might learn about the artists, as well. The month of January focuses on Spanish Baroque painter, Bartolome Estaban Murrillo. Born in 1617 in Seville, he was the youngest son in a family of fourteen. He died in 1682. His featured painting in the calendar is "The Return of the Prodigal Son." As you look at it you can sense the tenderness and compas-sion of the Father. What is also profound is the prayer below the painting:
"Forgive me Father, wash my soul clean, My insensitivities to others, forgive, My prejudices and fear, forgive, My narrowness of vision, resentments, and pettiness, forgive, Draw me into fuller life and deeper love."  Read more...
Bulletin - Jan. 8, 2012 Bulletin - Jan. 8, 2012
I am very delighted to welcome Jackie Del Re as a new member of our parish staff. As of January 5, 2012, she is the Coordinator of High School and Young Adults Faith Formation. Gifted with many talents and pastoral experience, she will be a great asset to our Church family. She is no stranger to us. She comes from the very dedicated and devoted family of Arky Mastrangelo we are so blessed with. She has been involved in Religious Education and many other ministries. We also know her from her angelic voice when she cantors during the Mass. In addition, she has extensive vocal singing skills from famous Broadway musicals. As she is introduced this weekend to our congregation, let us give her a round of applause and congratulate her. We are a welcoming community. Let us extend kindness and appreciation to her.  Read more...
Bulletin - Jan 1, 2012 Bulletin - Jan 1, 2012
My Friends,

In the joy of the Christmas season, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. The Solemnity of the Nativity of our Lord was a powerful spiritual experience. This year it went on a grand scale. Under the creative leadership of our music director, Michele Nanto, we had a great combination of choirs, musicians, cantors. Through each Mass I felt closer to the presence of the newborn King, the Infant Jesus. I am very grateful to Michele and all of you. By the way, I still hear the tune of Brother Sun and Sister Moon.  Read more...