Arthur Coughenour, Jane Bedard,
Edith Knapp, Emma Wages, Johnny Wise, Rosemary Kehner, Gary Warner, Doug Campbell, Carol Rufener,
Charlie Wise, Barb Seli, Marji Horning, Christopher Hamad, Richard Knapp, Paul Warner, Bill Hamilton,
William Birchfield, Peggy Shircliff, Fr. Ed Wieczorek, Gary Edwards, Julie Vogt, Jim Demboski and David Goodhart
Passed into the Lord’s Hand:
Mark Lowden (son of Phyllis Lowden, brother of Diana Horning), and Clement Smith.
Pope Francis, Bishop Murry, and the Annulment Process
Last Wednesday it was announced that Bishop George Murry, S.J., was appointed to the upcoming Synod on the Family. This is certainly a special honor for him and for our Diocese. There are 9 representative hierarchy going to the Synod. Bishop Murry is the only one who is a Bishop since all the rest are Archbishops or Cardinals.
The Holy Father has streamlined significantly the process for annulments. The date for this will be December 8th as we begin the Year of Divine Mercy. I am in close contact with Monsignor Peter Polando who is our Juridical Vicar. While we cannot utilize new procedures until December 8th, for those needing this process we can certainly fill out the papers and have them ready on December 8th. If I can help any of you or your families who have civil marriage and wish the Sacramental Marriage, please get in touch with me.
The Generations Of Faith Program which began again last Sunday evening was engaging and informative. You recall that this family oriented program replaces the CCD Program and serves to build the Catholic Heritage for all levels of the family. For families with children attending public grade and high schools, the GOF Program serves as a new way of learning and savoring faith and family. Last Sunday evening we had approximately 60 attending. We need to build on this in our parish, both for those parents who have students in public schools and also for those who have students in our own school. We all need to grow in our faith and one can hardly find a better way of doing this than joined together as families once a month for a meal and faith sharing. Last Sunday the theme was Family in Celebration. We asked a question separately to husbands and wives and to children in the upper grades, “What was the best family happening this summer?” There was a difference in response by husbands, wives, and our young people. Mothers tended to focus on births, birthdays, weddings, and large family gatherings. Fathers focused on events that were of less historical meaning. 7th and 8th graders along with the high school students came back with a more important focus. Ellie Huntley summed it up for the group by saying that the events that meant most to them was simply those in which they could be together with mom and dad. It did not matter whether it was a major or minor event. It was time with mom and dad. That certainly suggests that ordinary meal times together may have great importance. We learn from each other in the ordinary and quiet occurrences of life. The next Generations Of Faith Program is October 11th at 5:00 PM in Gaudete Hall.
In today’s bulletin there is notice that Bishop George Murry, S,J, will confirm adults at the Cathedral on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 2:00 PM. Any adult who has not been Confirmed and wishes to receive this special Sacrament should give me a note or call the office. You must notify the rectory by October 26th. We will have at least one instructional meeting before the Confirmation so that the Holy Spirit can build on our own preparation
Mr. Paul Longville, Treasurer of the Henry and Laura Huth Charitable Foundation, presented a $5,000 check to St. Joseph Grade School (Randolph) on Friday, September 25th,2015. The Huth Foundation supports students who come out of stressed family backgrounds to enable thern to get footing, to fulfill dreams, and to become productive citizens. The Henry & Laura Huth Foundation is focused on improving the quality of life in children and at-risk youth.
They have supported students from challenged families at St. Joseph for several years. They also make major contributions to Project REBUILD and the Lending Tree for Children. Henry and Laura Huth preformed many acts of generosity and compassion during their life. Their children created the Henry and Laura Huth Foundation to foster this legacy of encouragement and support especially for children and youth. Working among the marginalized children and youth is the heart of the Foundation. The generosity of the Foundation has given many children new opportunities and restored their faith and hope.
This year’s St. Joseph School Auction will be held Saturday evening, November 21st. The preliminary auction meeting will be held Friday, September 18th, 7:00 PM in the pavilion (weather permitting) or the
library. If you are involved with the auction, please try to be present for this meeting. If you have any questions call Jennifer May at 330/281-9936. Thank you.
Forgiveness for the Sin of Abortion
Last week the Holy Father, Pope Francis, granted to all priests worldwide the faculty to absolve the sin of abortion during the church’s upcoming Year of Mercy, which starts December 8, 2015. The Holy Father writes, “The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the
Sacrament of Penance with a sincere heart.” For many years in the United States, diocesan bishops have granted their priests the faculty to absolve the sin of abortion. This has been and remains the case in the Diocese of Youngstown. All priests in good standing of the Diocese
of Youngstown are delegated the faculty to absolve the sin of abortion to those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek sincere forgiveness.
Rev. Michael D. Balash
Director, Office of Worship
As you noticed in last week’s bulletin, the ACME Community Cash Back Program for the school is beginning early and ending early this year. The program will begin August 20th and run through January 6th. Please save your receipts from ACME and drop them off at the
school office, send them with your child, or put them in
the collection box in church. This Program is a great help to our school in assisting us in the purchase of needed educational items. Thank you
for your past support and thank you in advance for this year’s support.