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Activities of a Parish

Posted by Patty Settles on 5/26/21

Activities of a Parish

Fr. Jeff Lorig, Pastor

The activities of a parish will flow from its purpose. In a recent bulletin article, I explained that the purpose of the parish is encapsulated in the ministry of the pastor. A parish without a pastor is not a parish. The ... Read More »


Posted by Patty Settles on 5/19/21

I received a text from a former student recently….


She wrote, “Would you have any recommendations for podcasts on the Holy Spirit? I want to learn more about who He is and how to invite Him into my prayer life.”

My first response was gratitude and the feeling ... Read More »

What is the Purpose of Our Parish?

Posted by Patty Settles on 5/13/21

What is the Purpose of Our Parish?

Fr. Jeff Lorig - Pastor


Perhaps one could argue that while the Church's mission is to make disciples, this is not actually the primary mission of the parish. The parish, one could argue, is merely to provide for the pastoral and ... Read More »

A Midtown Catholic Parish Puzzle

Posted by Patty Settles on 5/06/21

A Midtown Catholic Parish Puzzle

Fr. Jeff Lorig, Pastor


When I began writing this bulletin article last week, it was the same week Fr. Frank was on vacation. While the workload was not much different than other weeks because Fr. Greg at St. Joan of Arc is a ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Patty Settles on 4/29/21

What your Pastor Has Been Doing

An Amazing Parish

I, along with a few staff from both parishes, will be attending the Amazing Parish Conference in Kansas City this June. The Archdiocese will be paying for most of it.

In order to attend, I am required to attend four, ... Read More »

Welcome Back to Mass

Posted by Patty Settles on 4/21/21

Midtown Catholic

As mentioned in last week’s bulletin and in a recent email, we will begin using the name Midtown Catholic in reference to our family of parishes, St. Joan of Arc and St. Thomas More. It is likely that another parish will be added in the future, but ... Read More »

A New Season

Posted by Patty Settles on 4/15/21

A New Season

With this new season of Easter upon us, it is time to announce some changes that are in the works for both St. Thomas More and St. Joan of Arc. I’m not going to mention all the changes here in this one bulletin article, so be ... Read More »

Lenten Parish Mission

Posted by Patty Settles on 3/24/21

Online Parish Mission The Heart of the Forgiving Father - with Fr. Jeff Lorig Sunday, March 28th at 7pm

How do you access it online? It will be streamed through Facebook, but you do not need a Facebook account to view it. Just click the “Parish Mission” link on ... Read More »

Final Stretch of Lent

Posted by Patty Settles on 3/18/21

The Final Stretch of Lent


Dear Friends,

As we enter into the final stretch of Lent and prepare ourselves for the glorious feast of Easter, I would like to make you aware of a few things coming up to help us prepare.

Extra Confessions Saturday, March 20th at ... Read More »


Posted by Patty Settles on 3/10/21

The Scrutinies

Through the process of RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) the season of Lent offers our candidates the opportunity for extra prayers and blessings. These are called the Scrutinies. These happen on the third, fourth, and fifth Sundays of Lent. Technically speaking, the scrutinies are ... Read More »


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