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Merry Christmas

Posted by St. Joseph

Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” was written in the 1800’s at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.  As this novel has been portrayed in various iterations, most people pay little heed to the darkness of the day, and the indifference toward humanity it demonstrates.  Lost in all the dystopic ... Read More »

First Sunday of Advent

Posted by St. Joseph

Four weeks until Christmas!  Does this thought get you anxious?  Does it set you wondering about all that needs to be done.  Sometimes we spend so much time with the anxiousness of preparing and forget the real reason for the preparation.  Our focus must always be Jesus Christ.

To ... Read More »

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by St. Joseph

Am I grateful enough?  This should be a normal reflection for a Christian.  A spirit of thanksgiving needs to be a basic part of our spiritual development, our striving toward Heaven.  God has blest us with so many things:  health (although burdensome at times), a place to dwell and ... Read More »

Veteran's Day

Posted by St. Joseph

Veteran’s Day can be a somber time for those who have served in the military and lost friends and patriots by paying the ultimate price—the sacrifice of their own life.  I never had the privilege to serve, although, I wanted to be a chaplain and minister to our brave ... Read More »

The Domestic Church

Posted by St. Joseph

When we speak of the Church, we know we are referring the Body of Christ.  This includes everyone (not a building) from the Pope to the people.  We are the Living Body of Christ!  The Domestic Church refers to the family, which is to mirror the big Church.  The ... Read More »

All Saints and All Souls

Posted by St. Joseph

Two wonderful celebrations take place this week!  The Solemnity of All Saints on Friday—It is a Holy Day of Obligation.  And, the remembrance of All Souls on Saturday morning—for all the souls in Purgatory.  These celebrations remind us of our eternal destiny.  Life is worth living, so long as ... Read More »

The Mission of the Church

Posted by St. Joseph

The Mission of the Church is the mission command of Christ:  “Go out to all the world and proclaim the Good News, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”.  This command, given to the apostles and us, is as poignant today ... Read More »

The Faces of Christ

Posted by St. Joseph

This Friday the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Luke, Apostle and Martyr of the Church.  Luke is the author of the gospel bearing his name and the Acts of the Apostles, which lays out the early days of the Church after the death of Christ, and, including St. ... Read More »

Sabbatical

Posted by St. Joseph

I will be leaving this week for my mini-sabbatical, which is  granted every five years to the priests of the Diocese.  The sabbatical will be for 6 weeks, starting this week (October 8) until I arrive back November 22, the weekend right before Thanksgiving.  I’ll be in Florida working ... Read More »

Knights of Columbus

Posted by St. Joseph

I wanted to take this opportunity to give a shout out to the KC’s of our parish.  This fraternal organization has been on the forefront of the pro-life movement, as well as, committing themselves to charitable work through their various fundraising events.  All of this helps our local community ... Read More »