Welcome to St. Mary of the Annunciation Spotlight. This newsletter shines a spotlight on our parishioners and ministries engaged in the works of our Lord and is a vehicle for us to better connect and embrace one another as a community of believers. I thank God for the blessings He has bestowed on St. Mary community and His people. May He continue to show us with His graces.
Fr. Jerry Jacob
Pastor, St. Mary of the Annunciation
Spotlight Articles - Summer 2018
Did you ever wish you could to hear our priests’ homilies again? Good news! Full audio recordings of our weekend homilies can be found on the St. Mary’s parish website. This unique feature allows parishioners to re-listen to homilies, gain additional insights, or share the message with a friend or family member.
This summer, three high school students of the parish volunteered their time to pass on the Catholic faith to young children in St. Mary’s summer religious education program. Matt Truesdale, Jack Bartz, and Liesl Melnick attended St. Mary’s religious education program when they were younger and always loved when there were high school students teaching.
Last September Grant Bright joined St. Mary’s parish staff as the new Coordinator of Youth Ministry. So that we can get to know Grant a little better, he shared with us some information about his background, experiences, and goals for the Youth Ministry.
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20). This passage from the Gospel of St. Matthew refers to our mission as Catholics: to bear Christ and his good news to the world.
Our family has been on a journey through the sacraments these past two years with our oldest daughters. During the preparation for our daughters’ sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion, our whole family benefited from the experience.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Eccles. 3:1). As you know, we are now in the church’s liturgical season of Ordinary Time. This is one of six seasons of the liturgical year, along with Advent, Christmas, Lent, the Sacred Paschal Triduum, and Easter.
At their Help USA Troops campaign this past spring, the St. Mary Military Ministry helped to collect, assemble, and ship care packages to currently deployed soldiers of St. Mary’s parishioners’ relatives, families, neighbors, or friends.