Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This weekend in the Gospel we hear one of the most important commandments to live by – “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Within our daily lives do we choose to do the same?

 As I get settled in here at St. John Paul II, I wanted to give a brief introduction of myself. I am the son of Larry and Marilyn Federico and have a younger brother, Ryan. I grew up at St. Stephen Parish (which is now St. Dominic’s) and am an alumnus of Nouvel Catholic Central High School. I have an undergraduate degree in accounting from SVSU and worked in the accounting industry for eight years prior to entering the seminary in the fall of 2013. I completed my seminary studies at Mundelein Seminary which is located just outside of Chicago.

 I am looking forward in to getting to know everyone at St. John Paul II and Christ the Good Shepherd. Besides being at both parishes, I will also be the chaplain at Nouvel High School. Please be sure to introduce yourself to me.

 Please keep Fr. Ron in your prayers while he is on sabbatical. Next weekend Fr. Bill Taylor will be celebrating mass with you as I will be at our linked parish, Christ the Good Shepherd.


God bless,
Fr. Matt

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

How can I serve you? I hope that will be my first and last question to you as I begin my service here at St. John Paul II Parish.I know you will be asking the same question of me.We are servants and disciples of the Lord and have been given the gifts needed for our parish to thrive and flourish by our loving God. I am grateful to build upon the foundation that so many others have laid before me.In particular, I am grateful for the ministry of Sr. Chris Gretka and Fr. Jim Bessert.I wish them God’s blessings in their new assignments.

      We are privileged to have Fr. Matt Federico as our Parochial Vicar.  He brings a desire to serve and a strong love of God to our parish as well.  He is very gifted and we have a lot to look forward to from his ministry.  We both need your prayers and we both will need your gift of patience as we learn your names and your stories.  Our main goal is to listen, listen and listen.


     I entitle my column, “Of Mind and Heart” because I hope to reveal what’s on my mind and in my heart.  I will use it as well to keep you up to date on things and share observations.


     This is kind of a different way for me to come into a parish this weekend.  I’m saying “Hello”, then saying, “See you later”.  I begin a “Mini-Sabbatical” on Monday at St. Meinrad Seminary’s Institute for Priests and Presbyterates in southern Indiana.  It’s entitled “Stoking the Fire” to help priests rest, reflect, and reinvigorate their spiritual life, update and expand their theological intellect, and renew their fire for pastoral ministry.  It’s goes from July 8th to August 3rd.   I put in for this Mini-Sabbatical last fall, long before I knew I would become your pastor.  I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.  Meanwhile, the weekend masses will be celebrated by Fr. Matt, Fr. Bill Taylor and Fr. Steve Blaxton.  I’ll see you when I get back. God bless.



                                           Fr. Ron