Published on October 3, 2017
It is with great joy that I write to you, the parishioners of all three parishes of our Sandusky Catholic community.
As you are aware, I, along with nineteen other men of the Diocese of Toledo, was ordained to the Order of Deacon by Bishop Thomas on, Saturday, September 16 at Rosary Cathedral.  This blessed event was  the culmination of a five-year process of prayer, discernment, and study.  While the formal formation may have been five years, looking back, it is clear to me that the Lord has been actually preparing me for this vocation my whole life.
My parents had the most influence on my vocation.  From my dad, I received my love of the Mass and the importance that it be celebrated well.  I also received from him and my Uncle Sam the love of Latin and Gregorian Chant.  Praying the rosary was something that I learned from my mom, who prayed it daily.  Also, my mom’s tireless work for the protection of the unborn has left an everlasting impression for which I am truly grateful.
I have always seemed to be called to serve the Church in some capacity, whether it was being an altar server as a child, singing in the choir or as a cantor, or directing a church choir.  For 11 years I taught music in the public schools (8 of which was at Perkins), but I changed careers in 2001 when I opened and operated Holy Family Books and Gifts for nearly 12 years in Sandusky.  After closing the store, I started working part-time for Annunciation Radio for which I had been a volunteer.  In addition to working for the radio station, I am also currently working for St. Mary’s Parish as the bookkeeper.
The three-fold ministry of the Diaconate is to be of service:
1) in Word (preaching and teaching),
2) at Liturgy (assisting at the Altar at Mass, presiding at baptisms, weddings and funerals),
3) Charity (serving the poor, visiting the sick, and ministering to the dying.)
In the coming months, I look forward to working with Fr. Joe, the other clergy and staff as to how best incorporate these attributes into my ministry of service for the Parishes of Sandusky and local community.  Throughout the formation process, the Bishop and those in charge of our formation has consistently reminded this Deacon class that our primary vocation is to be good husbands and fathers to our wives and family.  Therefore, I ask that you keep my wife, Kris, and me in your prayers as we strive to find the balance needed to allow me to fulfill effectively both vocations to the best of my ability.
In His humble service,
Deacon Phil Dinovo
 I am grateful to have Phil Dinovo as a new deacon for the Sandusky   Catholic Parishes.  The other deacon from our parishes (Holy Angels)   that was ordained in the same class is John Bialorucki.  John has been   married to Sue for 40 years.  They have five children and one is in the   seminary.  John has been very active at Holy Angels.  Many probably   know him through his volunteering at the Community Supper.  He has   also been a handyman around Holy Angels for years and has been involved in the liturgical life of Holy Angels.  Many will remember how he and his wife Sue were intimately involved in the Life Teen Ministry of the parishes.
He has retired recently from being an operations trainer at Davis Besse nuclear plant.  Unfortunately, he is not assigned to the parishes in Sandusky.  The Bishop has asked him to minister at St. Peter in Huron.  John will be the deacon at the Huron parish, but I know he and Sue will still be active in the activities and ministries here in Sandusky and especially at Holy Angels.
Please keep both these newly ordained deacons and their families in your prayers.  I know that John will be an asset to the community of St. Peters.
In Him,
Fr. Joe