Pastoral Ponderings: August 23-24, 2014

-Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time-

 

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An Ancient Prayer to St. Joseph:

Keeping with this 150th Jubilee we are sharing prayers and articles about St. Joseph. A friend stopped by with this prayer which is thought to be dated within the First Century A.D.

O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.

O St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, our Lord; so that having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while he reposes near your heart. Press him in my name and kiss his fine head for me, and ask him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.

St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for me.

Amen.

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For men and women of today, just as for those of any other age—from Nazareth to today—St. Joseph represents a dearly loved and venerable figure, whose vocation and dignity we admire. For this quiet, steadfast protector, and provider for Jesus and Mary, we offer great thanks. We ask him to watch over our own families, where they may be, in their necessities and trials. May his petition before the throne of the Heavenly Father of Jesus bring God’s strength, grace and blessing upon the family of the Church and all the families around the world. May he provide us with a model whose silent teaching we should attempt to follow.

Go to St. Joseph!

-Fr. Larry Martello
Pastor

Pastoral Ponderings: August 16-17, 2014

-Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time-

 

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Catholic Education: St. Joseph School

There is No Substitute

There may be alternatives, but no substitute for a good solid Catholic education! The challenges our young people face today cry out for some force to make sense of a very troubled world. The only one to make sense and guide us through our lives is Jesus Christ. All of us, but especially our young students, are confronted with a world culture of growing disbelief. This decline of religion and disbelief will certainly become an important and negative factor when it comes to the world our youngest citizens will create.

Although our young people are good-willed and have a generous spirit of service, they will need Christian ideals to lead and guide them in the ways of faith, charity, moral principles, justice, the dignity of every human person, and true Christian service.

The challenges they are going to face, I am afraid to say, are probably beyond our present imagination. Moving beyond the high school diploma onto the collegiate, military, professional, or entry into the daily work force level lie some serious decisions they are going have to make.

Catholic education is at the heart of every parish and particularly here at St. Joseph’s. It is truly a valuable tool for evangelization and the new evangelization which the Holy Fathers, since Pope Saint John Paul II, have called us. This responsibility grows more serious as we notice the constant and rapid transformation the world is undergoing.

Many students are taught (directly or indirectly) that faith and science contradict each other. Since faith is unable to offer scientific or intellectual proof, it is considered make-believe or imaginary. That’s not true here at our school or PSR programs.

Check this bulletin or school website for school news about the “walk-through” on August 18th and the startup of school on August 20th.

-Fr. Larry Martello
Pastor

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