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The Rosary

Posted by St. Joseph

The Rosary can be used by anyone , but its flexibility is often underestimated.  By focusing on the prayers and on the mysteries we engage our senses.  By meditating on the mysteries we deepen our understanding of the Scriptures.  By contemplating during and in between the mysteries, we rest ... Read More »

First Communion & May Crowning

Posted by St. Joseph

Next weekend will be a special day for 8 of our second graders who will receive for the first time the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Savior, Jesus Christ, at their First Holy Communion.  Having received their First Confession, their souls are prepared and open to ... Read More »

Divine Mercy

Posted by St. Joseph

Pope St. John Paul II instituted the Sunday after Easter as The Sunday of Divine Mercy.  St. Faustina received personal revelations from our Savior Jesus Christ involving His great mercy which flows from the wounded side of Christ from a lance at His crucifixion.  Jesus said to St. Faustina, ... Read More »

Happy Easter

Posted by St. Joseph

Today we celebrate the most important day of all our Holy Days and spiritual year.  The Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, holds the promise of eternal life.  Heaven is now open to us and eternal life is no longer an illusion, but a reality.  “God so ... Read More »

Palm Sunday--Invitation to Holy Week

Posted by St. Joseph

I want to invite you to the Holy Week Masses and services.  Holy week is the big lead up to the Last Supper, Good Friday and, most importantly, Easter Sunday.  If you’ve never come to Holy Thursday Mass or the Good Friday Service, I challenge you to come and ... Read More »

Lazarus: A Sign of Awesome Hope!

Posted by St. Joseph

As an aside, I would love to have had dinner with Lazarus after his being raised from the dead.  That certainly was what everyone else was thinking.  “Got to see this rotted corpse brought back to life.”  “This is really weird.”  “Who is this Jesus that can raise people ... Read More »

A Thirsty Soul Needs Quenching

Posted by St. Joseph

In today’s Gospel we read about the woman at the well.  The water well was usually in the center of town.  But, sometimes on the outskirts of the village like in this Sunday’s reading.  It was not only a place to draw water, but, a place to gossip, catch-up ... Read More »

Confessions

Posted by St. Joseph

The trifecta of prayer, fasting and penance includes, with the virtue of penance, Sacramental Confession.  EVERY Catholic is obligated by Church law to make a confession as part of the Easter season, particularly if mortal sin is involved.  Please take note from the bulletin of the times for confession ... Read More »

Ash Wednesday and Lent

Posted by St. Joseph

Well, Lent is here!  Are we ready?  Ash Wednesday starts it all and Easter Sunday is the climax.  This is a time of preparation, repentance, almsgiving, fasting and prayer.  We never truly arrive, but are always on the journey.  So, I want to encourage you to strive after the ... Read More »

The Crazy Things

Posted by St. Joseph

I had the fireplace in the rectory repaired which allows me sometime to contemplate my belly button and the crazy things that life and our Faith can bring.  (As an aside, both fire and water can be very mesmerizing and soothing to the soul.)

 One of the crazy things ... Read More »