Posts by Father Bacik


January, 2015 Reflections

January 5, 2015

    In his January, 2015 Reflections, Fr. Bacik respond to the recent racial tension in our country. Fr. Bacik’s January, 2015 Reflections responds to the recent racial tension in our country.


Christmas Reflection December 2014

December 14, 2014

  Fr. Bacik’s  December Reflection is about Christian joy, holding up Pope Francis as an example.   Christmas Reflection December 2014


November, 2014 Reflections

November 23, 2014

  Fr. Bacik’s November Reflections article points out some of the dynamics within the Muslim world that should guide our response to militant jihadism. November Reflections Article


Reflections for October, 2014

October 16, 2014

    Fr. Bacik’s Reflections article examines the fan appreciation for Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter. Reflections for October, 2014


Reflections September 2014

September 3, 2014

  Fr. Bacik’s September, 2014 Reflections article about Bishop Robert Donnelly. Reflections article for September, 2014


June 2014 Reflections–Pope Francis

June 23, 2014

June 2014 Reflections is about Pope Francis and the Culture Wars. June 2014 Reflections on Pope Francis and the Culture War


May 2014 Reflections – Building a Compassionate Community

May 10, 2014

May 2014 Reflections is about Building a Compassionate Community. Download May 2014 Reflections on Building a Compassionate Community


April 2014 Reflections – Paschal Mystery

April 30, 2014

April 2014 Reflections is about the Paschal Mystery Download April 2014 Reflections on the Paschal Mystery


March 2014 Reflections – Olympics

March 7, 2014

March 2014 Reflections is about the 2014 Olympics. Download March 2014 Reflections


February 2014 Reflections – Immigration Reform

February 6, 2014

February 2014 Reflections is about Immigration Reform Download February 2014 Reflections


January 2014 Reflections on Nelson Mandela

January 7, 2014

This is Fr. Bacik’s Reflections article on the life of Nelson Mandela. Download January 2014 Reflections


December Christmas Reflections “The Word Made Flesh”

December 16, 2013

Fr. Bacik’s Christmas article based on the Prologue to John’s gospel. download Christmas 2013 Reflections download Christmas 2013 Reflections


November Reflections – Christians in a Multi-Religious Society

November 23, 2013

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October Reflections, Pope Francis as Pastor

October 29, 2013

This article discusses the pastoral ministry of Pope Francis.       download October Reflections, Pope Francis as Pastor


September Reflections Article on Fr. Bernie Boff

September 7, 2013

Fr. Bacik’s September Reflections Article talks about Fr. Bernie Boff, who died recently.  He was a priest in the Toledo Diocese and a friend of Fr. Bacik’s for many years.     Download September Reflections


June Reflections Article on Pope Francis

June 5, 2013

Fr. Bacik’s June Reflections article highlights the positive responses to the pope’s simple lifestyle and his decision to seek guidance in governing the church.       Download June Reflections Article


May Reflections Article Mary Magdalene: Apostle to the Apostles

May 9, 2013

Fr. Bacik’s article is about Mary Magdalene.  It deals with transforming Mary’s public image from repentant prostitute to the “apostle to the apostles.”         Download May Reflections


April Reflections Article on Reconciliation

April 23, 2013

This article deals with Reconciliation as a crucial element in spiritual growth and social harmony.       Download April Reflections Article on Reconciliation


An Assessment of the Pontificate of Pope Benedict

March 4, 2013

Fr. Bacik’s March Reflections offers an assessment of the pontificate of Pope Benedict, including his brilliant encyclicals, and common criticisms by progressive Catholics.         Download March Reflections


February Reflections article 2013

February 21, 2013

Fr. Bacik’s February Reflections article deals with Male Spirituality, including suggestions on how men and women can collaborate so both sexes can flourish. Download February 2013 Reflections


Fr. Bacik’s January Reflections article about the Manet exhibit at the Toledo Museum of Art.

February 1, 2013

Fr. Bacik’s January Reflections article has suggestions for a spirituality of personal worth, work and leisure based on a recent exhibit of the French portrait artist Edouard Manet at the Toledo Museum of Art. download January Reflections


A portrait of Antonin Proust by Edouard Manet.

January 31, 2013

A portrait of Antonin Proust painted by Edouard Manet.


Fr. Bacik’s January Reflections article on the Manet exhibit at the Art Museum.

January 28, 2013

Fr. Bacik’s January Reflections Article is about the Edouard Manet exhibit which had been at the Toledo Museum of Art.  He has suggestions for a spirituality of personal worth, work and leisure based on this exhibit.  First he gives us information about the artist himself and the time period.  Then he discusses the ideas of […]


Fr. Bacik’s December Christmas Reflections. It is a rereading of the Christmas story from the viewpoint of the Cosmic Christ.

December 12, 2012

    Fr. Bacik begins with the Christmas story from Luke, the story we grew up hearing.  Here he gives us a rereading of that story from the viewpoint of divine love fully manifested in Jesus, the Cosmic Christ.  To read the complete reflection, click “Reflections December”.Reflections December


Fr. Bacik’s November Reflections Article on Violence and Reconciliation

November 16, 2012

Fr. Bacik discusses a Christian response to violence.


Fr. Bacik’s October Reflections – Catholic Social Teaching and the Ryan Budget

October 18, 2012

Catholic criticisms of the Paul Ryan budget.       download October 2012 Reflections  


Fr. Bacik’s September Reflections on the conflict between the Vatican and the LCRW.

September 10, 2012

Fr. Bacik discusses the conflict between the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).


Father Bacik’s 50th Anniversary Video

August 6, 2012

Created by Hart Associates for Father Bacik’s 50th Anniversary. Shown on 6/24/12 after mass at Corpus Christi.


Sylvania Advantage student farewell

July 1, 2012

Schuyler Stupica, A Student Speaks, Fr. Bacik Farewell to Fr. Bacik I remember how I felt when I first received the news that Corpus Christi’s beloved pastor, Fr. Bacik, was retiring. For a while, I couldn’t really process the new information. My mind was incapable of imagining a mass without Fr. Bacik. It was all […]


Toledo Blade story about Fr. Jim Bacik

June 22, 2012

Longtime local priest looks back at his career BY DAVID YONKE BLADE RELIGION EDITOR Editor’s note: This version corrects the title of Richard Gaillardetz’s book ‘Keys to the Council.’ The Rev. Jim Bacik celebrates Mass at Corpus Christi University Parish. The 75-year-old priest is to say his final Masses there June 24. With his July […]


50 Day Easter Season

May 16, 2012

The 50-day Easter season, which extends through the celebration of Pentecost, offers marvelous opportunities for ongoing spiritual growth. By the third century, Christian communities used this season for “mystagogical catechesis,” which provided…


A Letter from Father Bacik

May 16, 2012

On July 2, 2012, Msgr. Michael Billian will become the new pastor of Corpus Christi University Parish (CCUP), assisted by Fr. Phil Smith. I am convinced that they are the best possible choices for our parish. They will serve half time both at CCUP and at Blessed Sacrament Parish. My conversations with Msgr. Billian have assured me that he appreciates the strengths of our parish: a supportive permanent community; an outstanding group of student leaders; a loyal group of faculty and staff; a dedicated pastoral staff; a committed pastoral council; and a competent finance council, as well as the many other individuals and groups who contribute their time and talent to further the ministry of CCUP to the University of Toledo community. With these potent ingredients, I believe that CCUP is in a great position to continue to grow and flourish in new ways…