Hello to all, This week our readings are talking about prayer. Our first reading from Genesis is like an introduction to the story most of us are familiar with, that of Sodom and Gomorrah. In the section they have chosen for our listening pleasure we hear Abraham negotiate with the Angel of the Lord (which, in the bible, is always a metaphor for an encounter with the living God). He has a selfish motive in these negotiations. He is trying to save his brother-in-law Lot. He gets permission to go and get him and his family after the negotiations are complete.
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Hello my Friends, As a human being I have lived through some times that were very difficult for me. In those moments I have often been unable to understand why I had to endure such trials and I have felt as though I were alone in my despair and pain. My most frequent reactions to those thoughts and feelings were to sink into a desperate self pity or to lash out at the rest of the world, most especially those who were closest to me, in anger and rage. In my thirty or so years of recovery I have come to believe that I am not unique in my reaction to the tragic and senseless events of life.
Hello to all, I hope that all is well for you. I have been thinking a lot about my 25 years of priesthood lately. I remember that there were many joyous moments when I felt truly connected to the Great and wondrous Mystery that is our God. I can also recall times when that connection seemed almost non-existent leaving me in sadness, loneliness and pain. I know that in times such as anniversaries and birthdays we want to talk only about the happy things, but I am an Irishman and so I must always include something bitter.
Hello everyone, I am glad to finally be able to write to everyone in our bulletin after several weeks of delivery miscues that brought it in after at least one of our weekend masses. This was a problem with the delivery company and the printer has since changed companies and assures me that the problem will “never occur again!” So far that promise has proven correct (one week in a row as I write this). I am presuming that this record will continue. Anyways, we are now into the “Ordinary Time” of our liturgical year.
Dear Fellow Parishioners of Saint Joseph-Saint Pius X Parish, Well here we are in the most wonderful time of year and here I am bringing news of great concern instead of great cheer. Of course, what I have to share is about money and nobody likes to hear their pastor speak of such a worldly thing as money, especially when we have to get our presents for family and friends. I want you to know that the same is true for me and that I enjoy speaking to you about money at least as little as you like to hear it.
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR PARISH By Joining Us for a home made Italian Dinner on November 14th at 6:00pm in the Church Hall at St. Pius X Church. There will be a Door Prize, Raffle, Trivia, and Great Food! The cost is $12.00 per person. This is not only a way for all of us to get together to mark the First Anniversary of our Parish of St. Joseph-St. Pius X but to fund upcoming diocesan bills. Please purchase tickets as soon as possible so that we may plan on food. Tickets can be purchased after all masses or by contacting the parish office. Thank you!
Hello Everyone, We have just begun the month of November. This is the time of year when we remember our loved ones who have died. It might seem to be a bit of a depressing task at first, but the process of remembering our deceased loved ones is actually a healthy and sacred one. In our remembering we must bring to mind the person whom we loved. In this act we are given a very special gift of feeling as though we are with them again. They seem to be really present with us in our memory of them.
Dear Fellow Members of Saint Joseph-Saint Pius X Parish, today we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi (The Body and Blood of Christ). We always celebrate this feast the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. Because of this it usually falls at the end of the month of May or sometime in the Month of June (depending upon when Easter is). It is a Feast day that holds many traditions with it. These celebrations were meant to demonstrate the whole community’s spirit of gratitude for Jesus sacrifice of his own body and his own blood.
Hello Everyone, Last weekend we covered the 17th Chapter in Matthew Kelly’s book in which he discusses the 6th pillar of Catholic spirituality; Spiritual Reading. I know that I mentioned some authors that you might find enjoyable , but I thought that I should write them down for you.
Matthew Kelly’s own website is DynamicCatholic.com He provides all of the titles of his own very popular books and several other Catholic Authors (including Pope Francis).
Dear People of Saint Joseph-Saint Pius X, It’s definitely beginning to look (and feel) like spring. I have been noticing the brown lawns beginning to turn green and the little buds that are appearing on our trees. I even saw a tree in bloom with many bees buzzing around it. There are also those wonderful little creatures, the mayflies. All of these are signs of spring. These signs do not occur instantly all in one day, rather they take their time. As the weather warms and the sun shines each comes out in its own time.