Pastor’s Reflection for March 19, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

We will be celebrating the feast of Saint Joseph, which normally is celebrated on March 19 on this Monday, March 20. This is because when the feast falls on a Sunday as it does this year, the Third Sunday of Lent takes precedent over this feast.

St. Joseph is that just and holy man who became the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus. He was a compassionate and caring man. When he learned that Mary was pregnant, not knowing that she was carrying the Son of God, he decided to divorce her quietly to not expose her to shame or cruelty. Joseph was a man of faith, obedient to whatever God asked of him. He was a carpenter who taught Jesus the skills of his trade. Many believe that he died before Jesus began his public ministry. Joseph is the patron of the dying because he died with Jesus and Mary close to him. He is also the patron of the Universal Church, fathers, carpenters, travelers, house sellers and buyers (planting a statue is superstition not a devotion). Most especially, St. Joseph is the patron saint of our parish community.

We offer devotional material at the statue of St. Joseph in the Church. There are novena prayers, a petition booklet and St. Joseph’s oil to anoint oneself when praying for healing. We will celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph after the 9 a.m. Mass on Monday, March 20, in the parish hall.

We will again have The Light Is On For You on the Wednesdays of Lent for confession from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Please see page 4 of the bulletin for more details. In addition, I will be available for confession this week on Monday, March 20, from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

As mentioned last week, we are in the process of the Catholic Appeal. If you have not yet made a pledge you may do so online or by completing an in-pew pledge form available at the back of the church.

Spring begins this week. Let’s hope that the snow of this past week is the end of seeing white coming down from the heavens.

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

God love you,