Dear Parishioners and Friends, Near and Far,
I hope you are staying well and as happy as we can be with the circumstances with which we live now. Thank you to all who help us with safe distance, masks, and sanitizing. Also, a special thank you to you as we had the largest Christmas collection ever since I’ve been here. It was over $23,000!
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pius IX’s declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Catholic Church. To celebrate this anniversary, Pope Francis has proclaimed a special “Year of Saint Joseph”, beginning December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021. Pope Francis describes St. Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, and a father in the shadows. My father was Stanley Joseph, my mother was Mary Josephine, and my brothers are Thomas Joseph and William Joseph. I am Robert Joseph. I had 2 uncles and 3 cousins named Joseph and an Aunt Josephine; do you think Joseph is important in our lives and yours? Saint Joseph’s feast day is March 19 and many of us will participate in the consecration to Saint Joseph.
Next weekend we will be blessing throats in honor of Saint Blaise, whose feast day is celebrated on February 3. With the virus this blessing will be without physical contact. Ash Wednesday is February 17 and we will sprinkle ashes on our heads instead of placing them on our foreheads. By the way, most countries distribute ashes this way. Monday, March 15, we have invited Father Joe Morris from Georgia to present Mark’s Gospel LIVE! He has memorized the Gospel of Mark and dramatically presents it. I really look forward to this.
The writer of the Psalm 95 instructs, “If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts.” How can we hear His voice in the midst of all the noise that daily bombards us? I have a suggestion – to hear God’s voice, you must turn down the volume of things that don’t really matter.
A little weekend humor:
Having just celebrated a birthday I read this one:
“Happy Birthday!” You don’t look 60, but I remember when you did!”
It should be a heck of a Super Bowl.
With Him and His Mom,