Page 4A THE BEACON December 2019 Touching Lives in Our Community and Across the World Continued from page 1A four historic churches or a newly built one. “It was very clear to me that we can’t be an institutional church; we need actually to be the body of Christ. The strong arm mentality of this is what we’re going to do doesn’t always work,” explained Father Meyer. In Jennings County, he had been the pastor of St. Joseph, St. Ann, and St. Mary. He came from three separate parishes, three parish councils, three religious education programs, and three youth ministry programs. Father Meyer knew that the parishes would have to merge into one, but did not understand why they could not keep all of the doors of the buildings open? At the time, dedicated parishioners were in the midst of petitioning The Vatican in an effort to keep their churches open when Father decided to take his idea to Archbishop Tobin. The Archbishop encouraged Father Meyer and the parish council to write a formal letter to convince him to allow the congregation, united as one parish, to have four different buildings to worship in. It was a joyous day that summer when Father Meyer was able to announce at mass that indeed that idea was approved and All Saints was born, one parish with four different campuses! Once everything was official, steps to help people heal were taken, and the formation of the culture of All Saints Parish began. In November of that same year, the first-ever Gobble Wobble 5K took place. The race was intentionally not about the parish; it was about giving back to the community as one hundred percent of the proceeds are donated to the North Dearborn and Sunman Food Pantries. After the first race, Father Meyer recalled how a parishioner thanked him for organizing the first All Saints Parish event. Father The 2018 Gobble Wobble Team, who planned and coordinated the Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K race. Through their hard work, they helped raise over $40,000, which all went to the local food pantries. Meyer explains, “That was a moment for me as our pastor that we are really coming into our own and coming into who God is calling us to be.” As preparations are now underway for the Sixth Annual Gobble Wobble that will be held on Thanksgiving morning in the town of Dover, it has now become the largest 5K in Dearborn County and the fourth largest 5K in Indiana on Thanksgiving! Last year there were over thirteen hundred participants, and over forty thousand dollars was raised! That’s pretty amazing, especially for a little town that doesn’t even have a zip code! In August of 2015, Archbishop Tobin came and formally installed Father Meyer as the pastor of All Saints. From that moment on, the “We Are One” philosophy took off. In January of 2016, under the guidance of Father Maureen Stenger, Emily Alig, Samantha Hensley, and Father Jonathan Meyer after one of the various mud races they did together. Meyer, renovations of each church began. Restorations of each campus were completed in amazingly only six months with the help of numerous parishioners and community members who spent countless hours volunteering their time. The signal was clear to everyone that these buildings would remain open as a lot of money and time had been invested in their upkeep. On March 1, 2017, the Adoration Chapel opened at the St. John the Baptist Campus. Its opening was a vision of Father Meyer’s. The Chapel is open three hundred sixty-five days a year, with over three hundred committed adorers, and monthly mass is also celebrated there. Father Meyer celebrates mass at each campus each weekend, along with offering daily mass Monday through Friday. The number of altar servers during mass is a sight to behold. Having twenty servers or more per mass is common. When asked about this phenomenon, Father Meyer says, “I call it radical engagement, how do you create a community that attracts other people? How Seventeen years ago, on October 10, 2002, Father Jonathan Meyer was ordained as a Deacon. do you create a culture that people want to be a part of?” Father Meyer believes the tremendous impact he has on the youth is due in part to the other hat he wears as a track and cross country coach for East Central High School. Father is an avid runner; coaching enables him to share his love for the sport while at the same time, making a positive impact on young athletes. He elaborates on how so many Continued on page 5A “ IT IS TIME TO START LIVING THE LIFE WE’VE IMAGINED.” - Henry James Securities offered only by duly registered individuals through Madison Avenue Securities, LLC (MAS), member FINRA/SIPC. 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December 2019 THE BEACON Page 5A All Saints is United in Spirit and Through Generations The Christmas Eve Mass celebration at All Saints Parish at the St. Joseph Campus. Deacon Bob Decker, Seminarian Andrew Alig, and Father Jonathan Meyer guide the numerous altar severs. Father Jonathan Meyer is an avid runner; one of the many races he participates in is The Annual Gobble Wobble 5K in Dover on Thanksgiving Morning. Father Meyer was featured in an international campaign for recruiting young men to answer the call of priesthood. Continued from page 4A people are looking to be a part of something. The servers at All Saints Parish are aware of the huge impact they make; their involvement, he says, “is a game-changer, and they take pride in that.” Since Father Meyer has become the pastor, the growth of All Saints Parish has been tremendous, masses are full, and new parishioners are joining from all over different areas. His homilies are taped by a volunteer each week and uploaded to YouTube. Many of his homilies have gone viral, one he gave on Catholic Answers to Protestant Questions just had over one hundred thousand views! When asked about where the inspiration for his homilies stems from, Father Meyer said he dedicates two hours a day to sit in silence and prayer, which is where he believes his compassion and his rejuvenation come from. I can tell you from experience, you won’t be bored listening to his preaching! Every summer in June, Celebrate the Holidays Give an evening of great food to family and friends. By giving a gift certificate to Market Street Grille, you are giving them the slow, exciting anticipation of a great evening out. Father takes a group on a trip to the Holy Land. There is already a waiting list for the upcoming event in 2020. The Holy Land isn’t the only trip taken; the youth of the parish have the option to go on a mission trip in the spring led by Father Meyer. All Saints Parish also sends the largest group of people to World Youth Day and the National Catholic Youth Conference. All Saints also hosts the Annual E6 Catholic Men’s Conference at East Central High School, last year over twelve hundred men were in attendance! It certainly takes a lot of energy to accomplish what Father Meyer does, as someone who has worked for him for over four years, I can tell you it’s genuine. We know that Father Meyer won’t be here forever, so I asked him about the legacy he would like to leave behind when the day comes that he has to move on. “When I look at All Saints, I think the impossible is possible. People define the church, not buildings. The people of All Saints were willing to be open and believe and be led by the spirit. What we have accomplished is almost a fairytale story.” Father further elaborated on how our best ability is availability and how he has seen people’s lives changed when they open NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE AT MarketStreetGrille.com themselves up to prayer. I remember the day when I heard the news break on television that the churches were closing. I remember thinking how sad that the church in which I was married and where all of my children were baptized, would be no more. I believe that the story of Father Meyer and All Saints Parish is one of hope. Through all of the bumps and growing pains along the way, the All Saints’ motto of “faithful teaching, authentic worship, and compassionate service” has come to fruition thanks to a leader who was not afraid to neither think outside of the box nor take the road less traveled. Purchase a $50.00 Gift Certificate and receive a bonus $10.00 gift certificate for yourself on us! Bonus gift certificate is valid from January - April 2020. Promotion ends December 31st 2019 SHOP LOCAL and tell our advertisers you saw their ads in The BEACON!