Jottings from Fr. J.J.

ASK NOT WHAT YOUR PARISH CAN DO FOR YOU . . . Vote, Vote, Vote! That incredible 16 foot statue of the Holy Trinity out by our entrance is not ours YET. We only borrowed it for Art for God’s Sake. You have to vote to keep it. It is valued at $50,000 and it can be ours. As I write this, St. Anastasia parish is in third place. We want first place. All you have to do is go to Mt. Elliott Cemetery Association’s web site: and place your vote on the Cheer for your Church page. The contest ends on August 15th and there is only one entry per email so get your friends to vote.

I thought it would be fun to share a few statistics with you.

  • We had 18 featured artists and 127 juried artists participate.
  • Each artist presented 1 – 3 pieces for the show.
  • The featured artists presented 47 pieces for the show.
  • The juried artists presented 295 pieces for the show.
  • We sold 60 pieces of artwork.
  • There were artist submissions from 23 states:

Michigan (49 different cities)
North Carolina
New York
West Virginia

  • We also had 7 international artist submissions:

4 from Canada
1 from Poland
1 from Brazil
1 from Denmark

  • And from the smallest country in the world – the Vatican State– we got an email from an art historian from St. Peter’s who heard about AFGS’s success and wanted to congratulate our parish on the event.

See page 9 for Franz’s article about financial information for AFGS.

BOUNCING BABY PRIEST IS ON HIS WAY – Fr. Mark has been with us three years and has now received his new assignment. He will begin at St. John Neumann Parish in Canton on July 1. Filling his enormous shoes, (I mean it. Have you seen those enormous boats that dangle from his legs?) will be Deacon Eric Fedewa. Deacon Eric has recently finished his degree at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and will be ordained a priest on Pentecost weekend. He begins his first assignment with us in July. You should take pride in the fact that we have another newly ordained joining us. It shows the confidence that the AOD has in us as a parish to help mold her new clergy. Please pray for Fr. Mark and Dcn. Eric: these transitions can be exciting but stressful.

IT IS FAMILY TRIP TIME – I am not talking vacations here, I am referring to our parish family going on an amazing journey, a pilgrimage to be exact. I invite you to consider going to Italy with me next Feb 7 – 16, 2012. A pilgrimage is a journey or search of great spiritual significance. It is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to a person’s beliefs and faith. I think you would agree that Italy is certainly one of those locations. Along with Steve and Janet Ray, we will visit the Vatican, the epicenter of our Catholic faith; Assisi, and the shrines of both St. Francis, but also his pal St. Clare; learn about the rich history of the faith by exploring significant sites in Rome, Florence, and Orvieto; oh yeah, did I mention a little thing called a Papal audience? I invite you to check out all the details on our website, pray about whether you want to join in on a life changing experience, and pack your bags. Ciao!

God bless,
Fr. J.J.