Arthur Coughenour, Edith Knapp, Emma Wages, Johnny Wise, Rosemary Kehner, Gary Warner, Carol Rufener, Charlie Wise, Barb Seli, Marji Horning, Christopher Hamad, Richard Knapp, Barb & Paul Warner, Bill Hamilton, William Birchfield, Fr. Ed Wieczorek, Gary Edwards, Julie Vogt, Jim Demboski, David Goodhart, and Dr. Dennis McClusky.
Passed into the Lord’s Hand:
Carol Ann (Paulus) Keith, Joanne Waligura, mother of Charles Waligura, Michele Holler, Mary Klodt, Jean Moore, mother of David Moore, and Bernadette Stalter, mother of Steve Stalter
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 Food Shelf is requesting cookies to complete the Christmas Day Dinner menu of those needing assistance in our communities. The collection date for cookies will be December 12 & 13, once again after all the Masses. Please place your cookies on paper plates before putting in zip lock bags to maintain the delicacy of the cookies.
Thank you for your continuing generosity.
The Catholic War Vets Annual Christmas party will be held Saturday, December 5th at the K of C Hall. Doors open at 6:00 PM, dinner is at 6:30 PM, catered by Guido’s of Ravenna. Entertainment will be via a Disc Jockey. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased from any Catholic War Vet, or at the rectory. Members of the CWV will be selling tickets after the Masses next weekend, November 28th/29th (Thanksgiving weekend). Don’t miss out; get your tickets early.
The next Generations Of the Faith program will take place on Sunday, November 8th, but will begin immediately after the 10:30 AM Mass. It will begin with a simple breakfast at about 11:45 AM. This is a one-time change of time so that people who are not ordinarily coming might experience the Generations Of Faith program.
Last Sunday 70 adults and children were present. This is a growth. While the younger children went off to their smaller groups, the 7th and 8th graders and high school children went to the primary building and talked about their family in their own perspective. Then everyone reassembled, shared their leading thoughts, prayed for a bit and went home around 7:30 PM.
All this year the Generations Program is pondering as Mary pondered about the mystery of her life with Jesus and Joseph. In the Generations Program we are attempting to recreate the Holy Card which you all received showing Jesus, Mary, and Joseph and Mary’s parents, the grandparents of Jesus. Let us grow together.
Please mark your calendar for that Sunday, November 8th, to share breakfast with your extended family and to remain and participate in exploring the ever-exciting mystery of family. It is all over by 2:15 PM. But there is a month of preparation work ahead, much of it prompted by what we shall do as family during these 2 ½ hours together.
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.