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Christ Caring for People through People

That’s the motto of Stephen Ministry. A Stephen Minister’s role is to bring God’s love into the lives of people who are going through a difficult time. What do Stephen Ministers do? They listen, care, support, encourage, pray with and for a person who is hurting. And in the midst of this confidential, one-to-one, caring relationship, God’s healing love comes pouring through.

If you or someone you know is facing a crisis—large or small—and could benefit from the caring presence of a Stephen Minister, talk to one of our Stephen Leaders:

Ann Clark: aclark2@stfparish.com

Bill Dickey: wdickey@stfparish.com

Jessica Quentin: jquentin@stfparish.com

Have you been thinking about becoming a Catholic?

Do you know of someone who might be interested in becoming Catholic?

Were you baptized Catholic, but never learned more of the faith?

Join us for prayer, reflection and learning on Tuesday evenings,

starting September 6, 2022 from 7:00-8:30pm in the Memorare Center

If you would like to register or have questions,

call Kathleen Ott at (330) 644-2225

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On December 11, 1925, Pope Pius IX released an encyclical called Quas Primas on the feast of Christ the King.  In his writings, the Church calls us to acknowledge Christ’s kingship with our whole lives:

He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, ‘as instruments of justice unto God.’ (Quas Primas, 33).

It is beautiful to ponder the myriad ways Jesus Christ can reign in your life.  Does Christ rule in your life?  If he doesn’t, what does?  Your frantic schedule?  Your to-do list?  What gets in the way of submitting your life to Jesus in a powerful, real way?

As we approach the Season of Advent, know that there will be a number of ways you can enter into Advent and pray with us.  However, if you are to do that successfully, it means you have to let go of something first to be free to enter in and encounter Jesus the King in your life.  Are you willing to let go of something on the schedule this Advent so He can rule in your life?

Please check out the Advent schedule and ask Jesus to guide you where he wants you to spend your Advent this year.

Lastly, I want to say: Happy Thanksgiving!  It is already upon us!  I can’t believe it.  This time of the year, especially when the snow begins to fly, is when I spend time with Simon and Garfunkel music and enter into this time of winter and gratitude.  With that said, I will let Art Garfunkel share words that speak to my heart, especially in being here at this parish with you!

“Grateful, grateful, truly grateful I am, grateful, grateful, truly blessed and duly grateful.”

May God’s peace and joy be with you,

Fr. Jeremy

Here are some words from St. Pope John Paul II in his encyclical, Eucharistia de Ecclesia, to sit with as you spend time with the Lord this weekend. “The mystery of the Eucharist – sacrifice, presence, banquet – does not allow for reduction or exploitation; it must be experienced and lived in its integrity, both in its celebration and in the intimate conversation with Jesus which takes place after receiving communion or in a prayerful moment of Eucharistic adoration apart from Mass. These are times when the Church is firmly built up and it becomes clear what she truly is: one, holy, catholic and apostolic; the people, temple and family of God; the body and bride of Christ, enlivened by the Holy Spirit...”

Allow the Lord to build you up. Have a deep conversation with the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration. Don’t hold anything back. Share everything. He wants to enter into your life anew to restore and bring hope to all that you do. Give Him permission to do that this weekend. He is very generous.

Looking ahead, here are some things coming up next weekend:

  • Reminder that the last day to sign up for the The Summit Fall 2021 Men’s Retreat at Camp Christopher on November 19-21 is November 15th. Please pray about giving the Lord a weekend to transform your heart. Contact Mike Piglia at mpiglia@nmgaerospace.com or 330-595-4689.
  • In the liturgical world, at the 9:00 a.m. Mass, we will celebrate the Rite of Acceptance for those in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. The Rite of Acceptance is an ancient Rite that recognizes the Catechumens and Candidates who will be preparing to receive Baptism. We are praying for you.
  • At the 11:00 a.m. Mass, we will be commissioning Stephen Ministry Leaders—Ann Clark, Bill Dickey and Jessica Quentin. There will be more about Stephen Ministry in the bulletins to come. It is a ministry providing high quality, one-to-one care to hurting people in our community. Thank you ahead of time for the good work this ministry will offer to the community.
  • Lastly, next weekend the Diocese will be offering an in- pew appeal (similar to Catholic Charities) that will give a chance to support the Heart of a Shepherd Campaign, which raises money for the seminary renovation, priest pension and alleviation of college debt for priests. Pray about how God is calling you to support this mission. Thank you for your prayerful support. We couldn’t do it without you!

    May God’s peace and joy be with you,

    Fr. Jeremy

    P.S. Thanks for all those who joined me for a hike or two or more @ Holy Hiking during the months of September and October. We had beautiful weather. Thank you Lord!

For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”

Today, Jesus calls us to pay attention to the poor widow who while she only gave two small coins, she gave in an amazing way.  She gave all shed had, from her poverty, from her whole livelihood.  Jesus is not afraid to point this out to his disciples to inspire them and to encourage them to give from their whole livelihood.

In light of this, I want to point out how wonderful our community is in how we give to others and help out those in need.  This past weekend, our St. Vincent de Paul Society collected bags and bags of clothes, coats, warm outerwear, etc. for the needy.  They distributed them in a number of cars to the Peter Maurin Center and to other nearby churches.  Thank you!

I also want to point how great our day school was at refilling our Food Pantry with food that will feed those in need in Thanksgiving!  If they brought in canned goods, etc. last Friday they didn’t have to wear uniforms.  Thank you for your generosity!

You also may have noticed in the bulletin the last few weeks how our very own Jessica Quentin was training for a marathon on Halloween in Canal Fulton.  She completed the marathon and raised over $5,000 for the St. Vincent de Paul Society.  Thank you to all who supported this mission!

This Monday, November 8 @ 7:00pm in the Holy Family Room will be an opportunity to learn about the Heart of the Shepherd Campaign.  Josh Stecz, our seminarian, will be there to help present what the campaign is all about and to show how wonderful the seminary renovation is going.

Lastly, I want to invite all of you to give in another way—by way of your time—by participating in our Eucharistic Devotions weekend November 12-14.  Fr. Alex Clark will be our homilist for Vespers @ 6:30pm on Sunday.  It is good to welcome back our sons of the parish to be able to help out and continue to share the fruits of their ministry and seminary formation.

May God’s peace and joy be with you,

Fr. Jeremy

Ps.  Thank you for all the love and support you gave me on Priesthood Sunday.  I echo all the kinds words back to you!  Thank you again!

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