Pastoral Ponderings: July 26-27, 2014

-Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time-

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Wedding Protocol:

You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing! Take heed and pass these along to people who need a laugh.

Last weekend I had the opportunity to witness the marriage of my cousin’s son. One of the stories that circulated the dinner conversation was about a little girl who was at a wedding for the first time. She wondered why the bride was dressed in all white. Her mother replied, “Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life.” [Pastor’s note: the previously popular reason for white is today a myth for many] The little girl paused to think this for a moment and asked, “So why is the groom wearing black?”

Rooted in Faith — Our share of Diocesan Appeal

The road work on our Cleveland Avenue access drive began last week and will continue for the next couple of weeks. Some sidewalk replacement is included in this project. As we mentioned in our appeal four years ago, the monies to cover this project would be from our share (30%) of the funds collected. This represents what you have already paid on your pledges. The amount we have received as of July 18 is $191,927. Note the current report from the Diocese as an insert in today’s bulletin. Last summer we did some major work when we repaired, replaced and upgraded the Rectory which was built in the mid 1950’s. The road being replaced is from the same time era.

So, thank-you. We couldn’t be doing as well as we are without you generous response and commitment to our parish life.

2015 Church Calendar: Benefactor(s) Needed

The provider for our annual church calendar has decided to no longer fund this publication. So, if anyone among you would like to fund or share in funding a religious calendar for St. Joseph Church, please call the office or me.

-Fr. Larry Martello
Pastor

Pastoral Ponderings: July 19-20, 2014

-Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time-

 RCIA

Now is the Right Time: Adults interested in becoming Catholic

Yes, today, not yesterday or tomorrow, but today is a good day to consider becoming a member of the Catholic Church. It’s not too early to pray and think about the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) beginning this Fall.

Are you interested in being baptized, being confirmed, or receiving the Holy Eucharist? Join us in this “Journey of Faith”.

If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about our Catholic Faith for the purpose of becoming a member of the Church, or possibly a more active member of the Catholic Church, then the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is the journey of Faith and Education which is worth your consideration.

R.C.I.A. is not simply information and academics. Hopefully, our gatherings will be faith enlightening enough for you to make a conscious and personal decision about becoming an active and full member of the Church. Our guest speakers supplement the contemporary presentations of fellow believers of St. Joseph.

Areas of study and reflection include: Sacred Scripture, God as Trinity, the history of the Church including the Reformation, the Sacramental and Prayer life of believers, ethical and moral questions…..In general, what our Church teaches and believes.

As a Christian community, it is our duty and privilege to proclaim the Kingdom of God. A primary feature of the proclamation is to invite others to experience the love and the community we enjoy in the Lord Jesus. Therefore, I ask you to first of all pray for those considering this step. May the Holy Spirit gently move them to respond to his promptings. Secondly, personally invite anyone may know who needs a little human encouragement to join us.

Learn More about the RCIA Program at St. Joseph

-Fr. Larry Martello
Pastor

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