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Parish Library Wish List – Updated List

From the Parish librarian: Please consider donating one of these titles to the Parish library.

Update: The Library is Re-Opened!
Please come to visit the St. Mary Library, or, what used to be known as the old milk room. Come and spend some time in a quiet place, conducive for serious research as well as thoughtful reading. Or, books may be checked out to be savored at home. Many new titles are available. A selection of children’s literature is also available, appealing to a wide range of ages and interests.
An updated “wish-list” of materials and books that would be assets to our collection is available here
A second list will soon be “registered” at Newman’s Book Shop.

For Freedom Christ Set Us Free

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Run Time: 0:12:39. 2nd Reading: Gal 5:1, 13-18.

And this might sound really ridiculous to modern ears – but it’s only the Christian that’s truly free. It’s not like we’re just saying ‘Oh Christians can be free too.” No. It’s only by God’s grace to choose the good that a human being can be free – at all – in the relevant sense. It’s a… a change of mindset from what you’d hear nowadays. Our faith gives us freedom. I think we can all relate to this on some level where – if you have, or ever been stuck in a sin, or a sinful attachment, where you can’t rid yourself of a temptation or your struck with serious guilt after a sin, or a feeling of being… ah… imprisoned by a sin. You can understand why in Scriptures – especially St. Paul – talks about being slaves to sin. It’s this opposition of freedom in Christ, slavery in sin. I think we can all relate to that. This feeling of ‘I can’t actually do what I know and want to do. I’m actually trapped. My will doesn’t work the way I ought – the way it ought to work. … I can kinda see what I need to do but I just can’t get to it.’

Love In Action – Cross Catholic Outreach

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Or click here for part 2.
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Combined Run Time: 20:08.

“We know love by this, that Jesus Christ laid down his life for us – and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses to help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.”
(1 John 3:16-18)

…and don’t forget to help Jimmy.

Cross Catholic Outreach website is

“The City Sings Bach” Extraordinary Bach at St. Mary’s

This is a project in progress – watch it take form…


Track 1

Track 2

Track 3 – Bach

Track 4 – Bach

Track 5

Track 6

Track 7

Track 8 – Bach

Diocesan Pastoral Plan – Central Deanery Meeting

These audio files were recorded at the January 28th Central Deanery meeting on the Diocesan Pastoral Plan. These files were not edited for content, only divided into tracks so that they could be uploaded to St. Mary’s server. They are being made available to the general public because of the number of requests for copies. Total recording time is approximately 2 hours.

Charting the Course: A Future of Hope for the Diocese of Kalamazoo

The Questions to Ponder that Deacon Lucas mentioned (including the one he didn’t read) are listed below.

  1. Through your Baptism, you were brought into the One Body of Christ – the Church.
    What is your lived experience as a member of the Body of Christ … the Universal Church (the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church) led by Pope Francis … the local Church (the diocese) led by Bishop Bradley … and your parish, led by your pastor?
  2. Each member of the One Body of Christ has been given the task of building up the Church.
    What is the role God has given you to fulfill in edifying (building up) the Church (universal, local, and in your parish)?
  3. The unity we experience in the Church is supposed to be like the unity each of us experience in our own bodies.
    How can every one of us – lay people, religious, deacons, priests, and our bishop – work together to grow unity in the One Body of Christ – the Church?

Please consider attending the deanery meeting closest to you, below is the available schedule of meetings (Click on the image to enlarge).

Schedule of deanery meetings