September 4, 2015
Dear St Joseph Parishioners,
1. "epathatha ... Be opened" Jesus spoke Aramaic daily, although his words to us were first written down in Greek and he prayed at the synagogue in Hebrew. Very few phrases have been remembered in Aramaic (not even the words of consecration at the Last Supper). Epathatha is one of the exceptions. Jesus' action is instructive: he cures a person of a life limiting condition and returns him to full participation. It is good to recall that Jewish people saw sacrifice as for the perfect and best. Yet who does Jesus choose: the mute, the deaf, the blind, the lame. We are each of us limited; some of us physically, others with emotions or morally. Jesus' mission among us is to open and transform and change every obstacle blocking our conversion. That we may be made whole.
I have all our Masses this weekend: Saturday at 5pm, Sunday at 9:30 and 12noon (and an extra Mass with the XV Saturday and another at St Benedict in BA on Sunday at 5).
Please note: with Fr Rob away until Sunday there will be no First Saturday Mass in the Adoration Chapel tomorrow.
Please note: our Sunday 5pm Bilingual Mass never seemed to sustain momentum. Some parishioners really liked it but we were rarely more than 25. So, at least for now, we will not resume at this time.
2. Congratulations to Maria Mata and her family on her XV Años Misa Saturday at 2pm.
3. The Area Youth Blast was a great success last Sunday. Both our Youth Groups meet regularly. Contact Patty for details in English and Cristian for our Hispanic group.
4. St Joseph School is now at 117 students and several more are applying. We're delighted that our 4H club is meeting and the students entry in the Regatta Floating contest completed its mission safely. School Masses on Thursdays are open to the parish and the music is a special gift.
5. Inquiry Classes got off to a good start Tuesday. All are welcome (and so far we have more Catholics wanting to sponsor than sponsorees). Please note we meet this Tuesday at 7 but beginning Thursday September 17 Inquiry shifts to Thursdays at 7pm.
6. I was at Conception Seminary in Missouri to visit with my spiritual director before leaving on sabbatical and was able to catch up with parishioner Alessandro and the other Tulsans. Then on Thursday, I had to be in Dallas and saw our Tulsans at Holy Trinity Seminary. Both College seminaries had a great spirit and Alessandro is really happy at Conception. It's one of the largest recent enrollments there: 108. There were less than 80 when I was a student there in the 1980s.
Alessandro's address: Conception Seminary College, Conception MO 64433.
Labor Day is more than the conclusion of the summer. The Church consistently teaches the value and dignity of human labor and how we share in the work of creation. Those who work, the Church teaches, should have safe conditions, opportunities to advance, just compensation and even time to relax, enjoy their families and honor the Sabbath.
May God bless you and all you love (and all you should).
St. Joseph and School