Pastor’s Reflection for April 26, 2015

Dear Parishioners,

This Friday, May 1, we celebrate the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. This is the second feast of St. Joseph in our liturgical calendar. The first being March 19, the feast of St. Joseph, husband of Mary and foster father of Jesus.  This feast day which was instituted by Pope Pius XII in 1955 was made to promote the dignity of labor and to encourage a spiritual dimension to labor unions. Pope Pius XII emphasized the importance of work to the Christian life in building up the kingdom of God. The worker is not to be degraded or be used for material gain but to be respected for his gifts and labor.  For a practical application to this feast day, perhaps we can reflect on ways that we can add a spiritual dimension to our work day. How can we be like Jesus who worked as a carpenter? How can we live a virtuous life in our places of employment?

I share with you a letter that I received this past week from Cardinal Seán;

Congratulations on reaching your 2015 Catholic Appeal goal at St. Joseph Parish.

The Catholic Appeal is the primary means through which we sustain essential ministries that build up our community and encourage all of our people to live together in faith. Thank you for your support of this important effort.

The generosity of your parishioners is a sign of their recognition and appreciation of our pastoral leadership. I am truly grateful for their commitment and support of the work of the Church. Please share with them my heartfelt thanks for continuing to be joyful signs of God’s boundless love and compassion to all.

Thank you for your generous response to the Catholic Appeal. I also thank you for your continued generous support to this parish. Again, I encourage you to consider the spiritual activity of tithing, giving your first 10% of your income to the Lord. I ask that you support this parish with part of your tithe and to give the rest in support of other worthy organizations to help those in need. Also as you can see with our financial monthly reports, most of our parish support comes from our offertory and less from our electronic giving. It would be nice if we could reverse that in order to help us prepare for our yearly budget.

I will be available to hear confessions on Tuesday, April 28, from 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,