December 2, 2016
Dear St. Joseph parishioners,
Greetings. Already, the Second Week of Advent is here.
- “There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain, for the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord.” Continuing the thread of following Jesus’ path through Isaiah, we hear once more of the promise of hope—and a gentle transformation made possible through a loving and present God. It is a reading well-suited for the sacrament of the sick, a sacrament of healing and hope which embraces the gift of our fragile human condition and unites it in a unique way to the Spirit. Catholics see the human body—and our entire lifecycle—as examples of how we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Illness need not be a consequence of sin as much as the reality of sharing a real body composed of trillions and trillions of cells—all of whom are in a continuous journey of change, decay and marvelous complexity. The sacrament of the sick is meant to encourage us along this path and does promote healing—even if the healing is not always physical. The Sacrament will be offered to those who suffer a serious illness. The Sacrament is available by request and I visit the VA and EASTAR weekly—and we visit the home bound and those in nursing homes too. If we are missing a member of your family, please contact the parish office—federal regulations severely limit the information on patients the parish can receive.
- I have all our Masses this weekend: Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 9:30am English and 12noon Spanish.
- Our color is purple
- Our Filipino community leads the music at our 5pm Mass. They are a joy here!
- There will be First Saturday Mass in the Adoration Chapel at 9am.
- Bishop David will join us for our annual St. Joseph Endowment Trust Gala, starting with Vespers (Evening Prayer) in the Church Sunday at 5pm and continuing with drinks and dinner in the parish hall. All are invited to Vespers yet only those with tickets will be included at supper. We honor all our alumni from Sacred Heart School (1921-1968) here in Muskogee.
- Parishioner Cathy Hall has died. Her Funeral Mass is today, Friday at 10am. We just received word that Bob Ward, the father of Judy Antonioni has also died. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.
- SJ Altar Society Cookie and Candy Sale has grown into a Bazaar, with fun for children and pictures with Santa, starting at 10am on Saturday in the Parish Hall.
- Thursday, December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and a Holyday of obligation as the patronage feast of the USA. Mass will be offered: Wednesday at 7pm (bi-lingual); Thursday at 8:15am and noon (English) and 7pm (bi-lingual). Mass this week will be offered as well at 7pm on Friday in honor of Juan Diego, who saw the Virgin at Guadalupe in Mexico. So, Daily Mass this week: Tuesday-Friday at 8:15am, Wednesday-Friday at 7pm and First Saturday at 9am (Adoration Chapel).
- The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is Monday, December 12 and we will have Las Mañanitas at 5am and Mass that evening (Monday) at 7pm. The fiesta, however, moves to Saturday December 10 starting with a Bi-lingual Mass at 5pm and a Dinner and Dance for all at the Parish Hall afterwards.
- Starting Saturday December 3, there will be a nightly rosary (in Spanish) at 6:30pm as the Novena of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
- Sunday, December 11 at 3pm, Fathers Bryan (Church of the Madalene) and Stuart (St Brigid in Tahlequah) will join me for an extended hour of two of individual confessions. Think of it as a way to extend the year of mercy in the spirit of Pope Francis. As the Holy Father observes, Jesus never tires of forgiving us, we may tire of going to him and asking for forgiveness, he never tires of forgiving us.
- St. Joseph School featured an art show based on Post It Notes Thursday, together with a Pot Luck Dinner. Very creative.
- Deacon Ray completes training for service as a Volunteer in Oklahoma Department of Corrections on Saturday and will join me on Tuesday for Catholic Services at Jess Dunn and Eddie Warrior in Taft. We are always looking for more volunteers.
- Remember to bring gently used (or new) coats for Catholic Charities coat drive. Infant through adult sizes are welcomed.
- 2017 calendars are available in the Commons.
May God bless you and all you love (and all you should).
St. Joseph Church and School