This weekend marks the 29th anniversary of Father Jim Sanford's Ordination to the Priesthood. Thank you, Father, for your sacrifices. Thank you for being there for us in our best and probably more often, our worst moments. Thank you for being available to hear our confessions.
Thank you most of all for acting "in persona Christi", in the person of Christ. Without our Holy priests we would not have the Eucharist.
Please pray for Father Jim, and all priests, in thanksgiving for all they do for the faithful.
Deacon Stockmaster's latest column about infant Baptism is available online. Read it here: Deacon's Corner.
Stephen and Grace Gwirtz Scholarship: Applications are available at the parish office and due by May 11. This scholarship is open to SHS Seniors Class of 2015, who also graduated from St. Mary Elementary School and plan to attend an accredited college or university in the fall of 2015.
Leonard and Julitta Krietemeyer Scholarship: Applications are available at the Parish Office and due by May 11. This scholarship is open to SHS Seniors. You must be a registered parishioner and active at MPHM Church and be planning to attend an accredited college or university, or technical school in the fall of 2015. Recipient's financial need will also be considered.
Father Jim and the Pastoral Council are focused on creating a more welcome worshipping community. Our current Greeters list is getting smaller and smaller. One of our goals is to have someone at all the doors welcoming everyone who comes to worship with us. If you would like to be part of our new Hospitality Team, please call the parish office. Training sessions will be held in the near future. Watch the bulletin for more updates. Thank you, Barb Pifher, Pastoral Associate
The Catholic Women's Club is offering a $500.00 Scholarship to a high school senior girl who is planning to attend college. You do not have to be attending a Catholic high school or plan to attend a Catholic college to apply. See your Youth Director or Pastor for more information.
Most Pure Heart of Mary is looking for a volunteer to be the parish Athletic Director. This volunteer position reports to the Father Jim and the Athletic Committee and is responsible for organizing all parish sports. Interested candidates can call the parish office at 419-347-2381.
The Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish Family will celebrate the graduation of our High School Seniors on May 17th beginning with Mass at 10:30 a.m. and with lunch reception to follow. If you plan to attend please call the Parish Office at 419-347-2381 by May 11th to reserve your seats.
We will be having training for our Eucharistic Ministers. There are two possible dates for people to attend. Plan to join us on Tuesday, May 5 at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. or Wednesday, May 13, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the lower level meeting room of the parish office. Contact Barb Pifher if you are interested in being part of this ministry.
We are currently accepting resumes for two teaching positions for the 2015-16 school year. We are looking for a homeroom teacher for our 5/6 homeroom. Also we will be hiring to fill a vacancy in the specialization area of intervention. Please send your resumes to St. Mary's School, ATTN. Lisa Rhodes, 26 West Street, Shelby, OH.
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Plymouth is seeking an Administrative Assistant. This part time position consists of 5 to 12 hours per week. Applicant must be able to use a computer, have some bookkeeping skills and work independently; Microsoft Word, Publisher and Excel a plus. Excellent working environment. Please contact Deacon Fred.
We are in need of four people to become a part of the Pastoral Council. Please nominate yourself or someone you believe would be a good addition to the council. Just call the parish office and make your nomination. More will be said about this in coming weeks.
Also, I have had trouble finding one more person willing to serve MPHM Parish on the Finance Council. If you have a financial background and can commit yourself to meeting about six times a year please call Fr. Jim at the office or the rectory.
Join Bishop Daniel E. Thomas as he leads the Diocese of Toledo on a Pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit to Philadelphia in September!Learn more here: Toledo Diocese.org/ WOMF.
If you have a loved one or know of someone who is ill or in need of a pastoral visit with Father or someone from the Ministers of Care please contact the parish. The HIPPA Law prohibits hospitals from contacting the parish when someone is hospitalized. The office can be reached at 419-347-2381.
A special message from Mrs. Rhodes: A new tool has been made available in memory of Mr. David Reihl, who continually made a difference for us with his generous giving of time, talent and treasure. I always advocate looking for ways to not incur more family expense. So now the question really becomes, "how can I maintain current giving levels and still increase giving?" That sounds like a trick question, but it is not. Please remember that donations start with us, but increases don't have to fall completely on the parishioners. Many employers offer company match for charitable donations. If you would like to learn more, please contact your employer's human resource department. They can guide you through the process. Please click on the green label to see if your employer matches funds or provides service hour grants. - Mrs. Lisa Rhodes, St. Mary's Elementary SchoolYou may also find your employer online. Click on the icon above or follow this link Double the Donationto find your employer or learn more about this program.