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September 18: From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

This weekend we celebrate and honor our teachers, catechists, staff, and volunteers on what we call “Catechetical Sunday.” All of us have been called to evangelize and spread the Gospel message, but all of our Catechists do this in a very unselfish way by volunteering their time, talent, and effort to teach our children and young adults. If you know one or more of our Catechists, please take some time to express your gratitude and say thank you to them for what they do to spread the Gospel and make Christ alive and well in our world and society.

Last Friday afternoon I attended a meeting at St. Matthew Parish with other priests from Green Bay as we met with Bishop Ricken to discuss the implementation of his Pastoral Letter on the state of and goals for the Diocese of Green Bay. For the next five years we will be working to implement these goals in each parish of the Diocese. The Bishop’s letter was published on the Feast of Pentecost, June 1, 2011, and copies are available at the front entrance of our church. Bishop Ricken calls each parish to be Holy, Fully Engaged, Fully Alive. More about our Bishop’s Pastoral and its implementation will be forthcoming.

A reminder that the first part of our preparation for the New Roman Missal which will affect how we celebrate Mass begins this Wednesday with a morning and evening session. If you wish to attend this 5-part series, please call the parish office and register so we know how many to prepare for. This program should greatly improve your understanding of the Mass and help you in your participation and the quality of your prayer.

My brother and his wife safely returned to their home in Salt Lake City after spending a week with me here in Green Bay. They thoroughly enjoyed their visit, especially their trip to Lambeau Field and the Packer Pro Shop.

Next weekend we will welcome Fr. Joe Gleixner to our parish. He will make an appeal on behalf of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC), a religious society of more than 2,000 members active in 54 countries, most of them in developing countries. I urge you to welcome him and make a generous sacrifice to join with the MSC in order to spread the Gospel in mission lands. Your contribution is a very concrete way to express your baptismal call and share in missionary work. Please return the envelope found inside the bulletin next weekend.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link: 9.18.11 Curch Bulletin

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