Pastoral Ponderings: April 12-13, 2014

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion





RCIA 2013-2014

Easter Vigil 2014
Keith Gutierrez, Michelle Busard, Lori Muzilla, Carrie
Cumberledge, Chuck Hobor [not pictured: Charlene Gatten]

The road officially began last September for these parishioners to be baptized, be received into full communion with our Church, or be confirmed and make their first Eucharist. I say officially, because each of these folks and you and I have traveled quite a journey to be here today.

Areas of study, prayer, 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. Along with all of this we have shared some meals and spent some time getting to know each other. Please pray for these people that the Holy Spirit will continue to enlighten and strengthen them in their love of Jesus Christ and his Church.

Legacy Giving: Our 150th Jubilee

Faithful LegacyWell into our Anniversary year celebrations, I think it’s time to pause and ask what is going to be our legacy? There is still much work to be done in building God’s kingdom here at St. Joseph’s. Take a look at the insert today and visit where you can view and request educational materials and practical information to get you started. More information will follow in our upcoming newsletter: “On the Level”. You may also email or call the Parish Office (440-988-2848) if you wish to speak with someone personally.

New American-made Chairs for our Parish Hall:

Through the assistance of our St. Joseph Players, our new chairs have arrived. You’ll love them. Thank-You.

-Fr. Larry Martello

Pastoral Ponderings: April 5-6, 2014

Fifth Sunday of Lent


Living Stations of the Cross: Elyria Catholic

The students of Elyria Catholic High School offered a prayerful and inspiring evening meditation on the Way of the Cross. After several months of preparation, besides their usual classroom commitments, they moved the entire congregation to experience the Lord’s last hours on earth. It was a nice blending of sacred drama. Our thanks to Mr. Dean Robinson and his “Christian Troupe.”
EC living stations

Martha, Martha! A Lady of Great Faith

This is the same hardworking Martha from Luke’s Gospel. She is the one working the details of hospitality while her sister, Mary, sits at the feet of Jesus reflecting on his every word. Even though she loves her sister she becomes impatient with her. She is not afraid to ask the difficult questions when it comes to her brother’s death and even somewhat scolds Jesus for not being there and doing something.

As is often the case, hard workers don’t take time to relax or pray and when they become overwhelmed by all their duties, they can easily lose it. We know how that can happen, don’t we? Jesus was trying to strike a healthy balance for her to be more realistic in the demands she was placing on herself.

But above all this, today Martha expresses her great faith in Jesus. When she is asked by Jesus, if she believed he was the resurrection, she immediately answered, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the One who was to come into this world.”

Hopefully by this 5th Sunday of Lent, we have slowed down, refocused and relaxed.

-Fr. Larry Martello

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