Beginning the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday Chris Cotter will present, “Six Weeks to Deeper Prayer: A Lenten Journey with the Carmelite Saints.” The purpose of this course is to help each participant deepen their relationship with God through a more intense life of prayer. The first meeting will be 10 AM Tuesday, February 21 in the Church Undercroft. To register for this six-week course please call the parish office at 937-653-1375. If you have questions call or text Chris at 937-508-9481.
Together with the Parish Councils of Champaign and Logan Counties, we have come to a strong consensus on the name for our Family of Parishes. We will be called the Mary, Queen of Angels Family of Parishes! Thank you to everyone who submitted suggestions for our name. Since three of our churches are named after our Blessed Mother (Immaculate Conception, St. Mary, and St. Mary of the Woods), it seemed fitting to go with a Marian name. The reference to the angels incorporates St. Michael Church, as well as all the churches that say the prayer to St. Michael at the end of Mass.
There were many people who wanted the name ‘Our Lady of Fatima,’ but this name was taken by another family of parishes very early in the process. However, the title ‘Mary, Queen of Angels’ connects with the angel of Fatima.
I personally think ‘Mary, Queen of Angels’ is a beautiful title that reveals the high honor in which Mary is held, even in Heaven. As one parishioner pointed out, I had an image of Our Lady of the Angels on my ordination card. We are blessed to have such a powerful intercessor for our family of parishes!
After collecting nominations from parishioners, our new Champaign County Parish Council has been formed! We had our first meeting on January 10th . I am excited to have a council comprised of leaders representing all four churches that have a love for the Catholic Church and a desire to work together cooperatively to strengthen our churches and the family of parishes as a whole.
The Parish Council is an advisory group to the pastor that helps to bring feedback and ideas from parishioners to guide his decisions. The representatives also will help with communication from the pastor back to parishioners. With six parishes in the family, I will rely on parish council members to help with communication. We now have one parish council for Logan County and one parish council for Champaign County. In the future, we will look at cooperation between the councils so we have a forum to discuss issues pertaining to the family of parishes as a whole in addition to a forum to address issues specific to each county.
I encourage you to become familiar with the Parish Council representatives and feel free to discuss ideas and suggestions for the future with them.
Parish Council Members: Allan Baker, Gideon Day, Kevin Day, Beth Diehl, Gary Edwards, Teresa Hill, Melissa Miller, Mark Navarre, John Schipfer, Dan Shinton, Elle Spinner, Ethan Snyder.
It is time to kick off the 2023 Catholic Ministries Appeal throughout the archdiocese! More than anyone in the world, the Catholic Church teaches, feeds, and heals. In our local community, this happens through the Catholic Ministries Appeal. Also, If we exceed our parish goal for the CMA, 50% of our over-goal stays right here in our parish. Please prayerfully consider supporting this year’s CMA. For more information or to donate online, please visit CatholicAOC.org/CMA. Thank you!
Parishioners from any of the Champaign County Parishes who wish to receive a statement of parish contributions for the year 2022 for tax filing purposes should call the parish office before January 25, 2023. Statements will be mailed out at the end of January, 2023
Please join us in praying the Novena for Pope Benedict XVI
The Secretariat for Divine Worship of the USCCB has posted the novena for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI https://www.usccb.org/novena-pope-benedict-xvi. It is available as a PDF download. The prayers are appropriate for a period of mourning and should begin on the day of the funeral – today, Thursday, Jan. 5. They will conclude on Friday, Jan. 13.