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St. Joseph School Job Opening

We are currently seeking to employ a Kindergarten Teacher Aide.

Hourly rate.   Approximate hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. from
November 8th until end of the school year.

Requirements:    A teacher’s aide ODE certification or the willingness to obtain one
Virtus Training

If you are interested please email your resume to: Karen Casper Linn at


REVISED:  Youth Alter Servers Schedule thru October:   Schedule

Fr. Tim’s Homily for October 23rd, 2016

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time [C]


Sirach 35: 12-14, 16-18

2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18

Luke 18: 9-14


There is a story – and it is just a story – about a woman who went to Confession.  She confessed a few of her sins, and then went on at great length about her husband’s failings.

When she finished, the priest said to her:  “Madam, for your sins your penance is to say three Hail Marys.  And for your husband’s sins, three rosaries.”

And that is the spirit of today’s Gospel.  The Pharisee went to the temple and began to pray proudly, reminding God of all the good that he had done and how rotten everyone else was, including the tax collector.

The tax collector with his head bowed just beat his breast and said, “O God, be merciful to me, a sinner.”

And Jesus said that the tax collector went home right with God, while the Pharisee did not.

When the standard fare of our conversations is about “all the good that I am doing, and doing so well,” we tend to forget about God in our lives.

A writer coined the phrase, “the gift of inadequacy.”  We all can feel inadequate in life:  wondering if we are up to the task, fearful that someone will find out how inadequate we feel.  Yet this author talks about inadequacy as a gift.  That realizing my own inadequacy leads me to depend upon the strength that only God can provide.

A woman always believed that God had called her to be a teacher.  But as she became more and more busy she felt that she was accomplishing less and less and was enjoying very little any more.

She discovered the reason:  she was increasingly relying on herself and forgetting about God in her life.

So she started every day praying for her students, their families and the school faculty and staff.  She asked the Lord to teach through her.  And she began finding that she was more effective as a teacher, that her relationships with others were becoming stronger and that she was even happier in her calling.  And how did this happen?  She had accepted “the gift of her inadequacy.”

The Pharisee looked respectable.  He probably was a good neighbor and would have been a fine member of a committee:  he got things done.  He believed in God, but he did not think that he really needed God.  The Pharisee had no place for “the gift of his inadequacy.”

The tax collector knew that he was a great sinner.  He regularly had charged people too much for their taxes and then pocketed the surplus.  Now in the temple he bowed his head and admitted his inadequacy.  He prayed, “O God, be merciful to me, a sinner.”

The tax collector went home right with God.  The Pharisee went home full of himself.

There is a story about a professor who had to leave the university because of a personal scandal that he admitted to.  And he continued to go to his church on Sunday as he always had.

At the coffee and donuts after Mass, Miriam went up to the pastor and said to him, “Well, I certainly was surprised to see you-know-who here this morning.”

And the pastor replied, “We are lucky to have him here.  We need him.”

To which Miriam replied, “I beg your pardon, Father?”

The pastor then responded in his pulpit voice for everyone to hear, “We are lucky to have him here, Miriam.  In every church we need at least a few sinners.  Because it says in Scripture, ‘I have come not to call the self-righteous but sinners.’  And, Miriam, You-Know-Who said that.”

The Church is not a museum for saints.  It is a hospital for sinners who want to grow stronger in Christ.  “The gift of inadequacy” makes this growth possible:  when we admit our need for God.

“O God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”  And God does – for those who will accept “the gift of inadequacy.”


Fr. Tim’s Homily for October 16th, 2016

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time-C

Weekend Three:  Annual Stewardship Commitment Sunday


Exodus 17: 8-13 

2 Timothy 3: 14-4: 2

Luke 18: 1-8


This is our Annual Stewardship Renewal Commitment Sunday.  Thank you for being a part of this great opportunity for our Saint Joseph and Nativity Parish Families as we make our stewardship commitments together in the areas of time, talent and treasure for the next twelve months..

I know that many of you have brought your commitment cards with you today, all filled-out.  Thank you!  Others of you have already mailed in your commitment cards.  Thank you!

Perhaps you forgot to fill-out a card.  Well I am going to give you the opportunity to do so right here.  There are commitment cards and pencils in your pews.  The Saint Joseph cards are trimmed in blue on the cover and the Nativity cards are trimmed in gold.

You can use one card for all of the persons in your household – adults and young people.  Just write your first name next to the ministry that you are either “currently involved in” or that you are “interested in joining.”

At the time of the collection, we may all deposit our completed commitment cards in the basket along with our regular Offertory envelopes.

Since this Commitment Sunday is so important, if you have not already completed a card, I invite you to do so right now while I offer some thoughts about today’s Gospel.

A widow had lost her only son, and she was very upset with God.  One day she was pouring out her heart to one of her friends, and her friend remarked, “You know, I always wanted to have a son, but my husband and I were never blessed with children.”

And the widow said that her way of thinking was changed.  She was no longer upset with God.  Her payers became those of thanksgiving because she had had a wonderful son.

It is amazing what prayer can do for us – changing our ways of thinking, changing the ways that we feel.

So Jesus, in today’s Gospel, tells us a parable about the necessity of praying always and not growing weary, not losing heart.  He talks about a dishonest judge.  To get a fair judgment from this judge, a person needed to bribe him.  Judges like this were called “robber judges.”  They were described as “willing to pervert justice for a plate of meat.”

And then there was a widow who brought a matter to this judge.  She had no money with which to bribe him.  She had no social status to hold over his head.  But she had one thing in her favor:  she was persistent.  She went night and day to that judge asking for a settlement.

Finally, the judge said, “I’ve had it!  This woman is driving me berserk, so I’ll give her the settlement that she’s asking for lest she come into my office and give me a black eye.”

What is Jesus teaching us about prayer?  Notice:  the crooked judge is not like God at all.  This is a parable not of similarity but a parable of contrast.   If a dishonest judge is willing to give a just judgment because of someone’s persistence, how much more will our good and loving Father be willing to answer our prayers because He loves and cares for us?

We all have our catalogues of prayers that were answered.  We also have a list of the times we prayed but we didn’t get what we were asking for.  [I know that in my life that I am grateful to God that some of my prayers were not answered the way I was asking for.  It would have been a disaster!  And I’ll bet the same is true for you.]

But there are also times when we have prayed and God didn’t seem to give us any answer at all.  What are we to make of all of this?

One way we can approach that question is by looking at children.  Children ask for all kinds of things, don’t they?  [I can see by your nods and smiles that you know exactly what I am talking about.]

Imagine a child says to you, “May I have a brownie, please?”  And you answer, “Certainly you may.” The request was made and the request was answered right away.

The child may ask during dinner, “May I have a brownie, please?”  And you might respond, “You may, but only after you have finished your vegetables.”  The answer is yes, but not right at the moment.

The child may ask, “May I have a brownie, please?”  And you may respond, “No, you have already had three and I don’t want you to get sick.”  You said no, but not to be mean.  It is for the child’s well-being not to have four brownies in a row.

Now think of God the Father.  There are times that we ask – and God likes it when we ask – and sometimes we get an immediate answer.  There are other times and God is telling us, “Yes, but not just yet.”  Other times we ask God and God says no – not to be mean but out of love for us, or out of love for others.

You and I cannot see tomorrow with absolute precision, let alone next week, next month, next year.  But God sees the whole picture.  And if the unjust judge was willing to answer that woman’s request because of her persistence, how much more so is our loving God willing to hear us when we pray.

Remember, our heavenly Father loves it when we pray.  And so Jesus tells us a story to help us pray always and not grow weary, not lose heart.


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