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Fr. Poggemeyer's Weekly Letter

Fr. Poggemeyer's Weekly Letter

February 6, 2022

Posted by Melissa Kelbley on 2/02/22

+JMJ

Dear Parishioners,

Although it's not mandatory, I'm happy that once again Gary Fay shared with me the annual report of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society in Fostoria. As you know, I consider Saint Vincent de Paul one of our significant parish partners for helping the poor in ... Read More »

January 30, 2022

Posted by Melissa Kelbley on 1/27/22

+JMJ

Dear Parishioners,

Last week we had another St Wendelin Educational Foundation meeting. You remember that the mission of the Educational Foundation is to provide financial support for Catholic schooling for our parish children. Since the closing of our own schools, parents apply for scholarships to help their children ... Read More »

January 23, 2022

Posted by Melissa Kelbley on 1/18/22

+JMJ

Dear Parishioners,

On this weekend of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, with the Pro-Life March on Washington, D.C. by tens of thousands of people protesting the scourge of legalized abortion in our country, it seems appropriate to address abortion in this bulletin letter. Here I address the ... Read More »

January 16, 2022

Posted by Melissa Kelbley on 1/16/22

+JMJ

Dear Parishioners,

What happens in the Mass? Jesus, the Word of God, reaches out to give life to us, to inspire us – we who are part of His Body, the Church. He does this first, and most prominently, in the Eucharist. Jesus is the Word Incarnate, and ... Read More »

January 9, 2022

Posted by Melissa Kelbley on 1/09/22

January 9, 2022

+JMJ

Dear Parishioners,

Back in my seminary years, one of my priest mentors advised me regularly to read poetry, in order to maintain a contemplative gaze upon reality, and to see beauty. One modern poet he recommended is a Carmelite nun named Sister Miriam of the ... Read More »

December 26, 2021 & January 2, 2022

Posted by Melissa Kelbley on 12/27/21

+JMJ

Dear Parishioners,

Thank you to everybody who worked so hard to make our Christmas Masses beautiful: the musicians, the choirs, the cantors, the decorators, the lectors, extraordinary Eucharistic ministers, the ushers, the deacons, the altar servers, etc. Of course it took a ton of time and effort. But, ... Read More »

December 19, 2021

Posted by Melissa Kelbley on 12/14/21

+JMJ

Dear Parishioners,

In previous bulletin letters I informed you that we no longer have the volunteer-power to keep funeral luncheons happening. I expressed great gratitude to the Rosary Altar Society for the many, many years of service at funeral luncheons. Another Rosary Altar Society service for many years ... Read More »

December 12, 2021

Posted by Melissa Kelbley on 12/09/21

+JMJ

Dear Parishioners,

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12), who appeared to Saint Juan Diego on December 9, 10 and 12, 1531. Our Spanish Mass this weekend will focus on Our Lady of Guadalupe. Growing up I never knew anything about this ... Read More »

December 5, 2021

Posted by Melissa Kelbley on 11/30/21

+JMJ

Dear Parishioners,

A couple weeks ago we had another finance council meeting. Here are the highlights:

- We reviewed the normal financial documents for the prior month: the balance sheet, the income and expense report, the aging report.

- A finance council member reported from his internal audit, ... Read More »

November 28, 2021

Posted by Melissa Kelbley on 11/22/21

+JMJ

Dear Parishioners,

My guess is that many of you have noticed that on the altar during Mass since I arrived there stands a small crucifix, with the corpus (body) of Jesus facing me. Why is this? I am employing what many have come to know as the “Benedictine ... Read More »

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