The Winner Winner Chicken Dinner will be Saturday, September 12th. Raffle tickets are $100 each. The top prize will be either a two year lease on a Ford Escape or $10,000.00 in cash. Much thanks to Colton Penwell, Jake Penwell and Maddie Beer who continue to work hard. Please contact them or the parish office at 419-347-2381 if you would like to help out or if you would like to purchase a ticket.
Desserts needed from our wonderful cooks in the parish. 80 will be needed and can be dropped off at the school kitchen 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 12. Contact Julie Ensman to volunteer.
The fall session of adult Bible study begins the week of September 13 and will end before the first week of Advent. The topic will be the Gospel of Mark. There will be a Monday morning session at 10:00 a.m. as well as an evening class, time may vary. If you are interested, please stop by the parish office to sign up. Cost of materials is $10.00. Registration deadline is September 1.
If you are interested in learning moreabout the Catholic Faith and joining the Catholic Church, please call Barb Pifher at 419-347-2381. RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) sessions are starting in September.
Barb Pifher reminds us that adult leaders are needed to help with this ministry that begins in September and continues through may. Please contact Barb at the parish office.
What is papal infallibility? What are the duties of a bishop? Find out in the lastest column from Deacon Fred Stockmaster: Deacon's Corner.
Deacon's Corner column will soon be finished with the topics of The Sacraments. In previous columns, we've already covered the Mass. What would you like to see as bulletin columns? I am open for ideas...send your ideas to email@example.com or call me 419-564-9864. Perhaps more detail in a particular area or a topic or series of topics not yet covered. There is no guarantee that these will be used, but I would like to hear from you what you would like to learn more about!
A message from Sherry Stockmaster, Director of Religious Education: "We look forward to an exciting year! Registrations have been mailed. If you have not received yours in the mail please contact the parish office. Any questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me at the parish office.
"On Monday, August 3, the U.S. Senate voted down a motion to proceed to a bill that would cut off funding for Planned Parenthoodand redirect that funding to women's health organizations. While the vote is a setback in our fight for life, the debate over funding Planned Parenthood will continue this fall. Thus, I urge the Catholics of the Diocese of Toledo and all people of goodwill to continue to work to end the scourge of abortion and protect life." Read the entire statement from Bishop Thomas here CatholicChronicle.org
Bishop Thomas invites all to join the 2015 National 54 Day Rosary Novena:Join hundreds of thousands of people of all ages in prayeracross America August 15 through October 7. The primary Novena Intention is for the family and marriage, peace human life and religious freedom. Visit the Hearts United Rosary Campaign for more information.
Bishop Thomas Statement on Supreme Court Decision Regarding Marriage:When human law contradicts or directly opposes Divine law, we are bound in conscience to follow and honor not the human, but the Divine. When human law devalues, dishonors or rejects human life, we treasure, honor and respect all human life. When human law denies nature, reason and revelation, we honor and respect the complementarity of men and women. When human law may result in bigotry, bias and discrimination, we will continue to love, honor and respect all persons created in the image and likeness of God. In light of the recent Supreme Court decision on "marriage," please visit ToledoDiocese.org to read the collective statement from the Bishops of Ohio and the statement from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
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.