"Talitha koum, little girl get up." Mark today remembers the mother tongue of Jesus--no, not the red letter of leather bound King James translations--but Aramaic, the mother of Modern Arabic. Already, first century Christians had sifted to Greek in order to understand his words--just as later generations shifted to Latin and eventually King James' era and now modern English (and/or Spanish). Actions though speak loudly too. Jesus' touch by the older woman (who was bleeding) and the girl (presumably dead) was a triple whammy against old taboos: women in general, blood always and the dead for sure made one unclean. Jesus could care less. He did care lots of about everyone made in the image and likeness of his Father. That son (or daughter) of Abraham (and Sarah) was paramount. That's why he heals both and returns them to their dignity as a child of God fully alive.
Deacon John has the homily in our English Masses (Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 9:30am). I have all the Masses and the homily in Spanish.
Peter Ha leads the music this Saturday at the 5pm. Shirley will be her granddaughter Brittany whom the family is delighted to share is showing real progress after her surgery in California. Shirley returns for our Sunday 9:30am Mass.
Congratulations to Maria and Celestine who celebrate 25 years of marriage this Saturday with a Mass at 2pm.
Enrollment is open through the summer here at St. Joseph School although the school office is on a limited schedule. Sandy and Chelsea will be sure to return each and every call: 918-683-1291 or email@example.com.
Patty Allison and the Youth are meeting through the summer, mostly on Wednesday nights—and had a great time at Laser Tag, playing through 5 plus games and receiving bonus offers to return. A service trip and an outing with the St. Benedict BA Group are in the works. Patty’s Church cell is 348-6515. Or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Red Garage is now good to go and I mean go, as in disappear. It is for sale on Craig List (thanks Carole). Special thanks to our Staff including Luis and Benny, Sandy and Chelsea and our Knights of Columbus who were drafted to help—as well as the Parish Staff who cleared spaces in the Parish Hall. The Red Garage is now for sale and open for bids. Please note the buyer is expected to dismantle the building and carry it off. Please contact the Parish Office: 687-1351. or email@example.com
Very good news from Rome for all the faithful in Oklahoma and especially those with close ties to Santiago Atitlan, like the Ivens and the Arteagas: A Vatican Theological Commission has endorsed Fr. Stan Rother as a martyr for the faith. Fr. Rother, then pastor of the Mission in Santiago was shot to death in the rectory there in July 1981. The ruling this week advances his cause by acknowledging his death was for reasons of the faith. Another ruling is expected in the next year or less for beatification.
St. Joseph Parishioners received a postcard this week about our 125th Anniversary Celebration set for Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 5pm. Bishop Slattery will be with us—and so will all our Choirs and Tom Starnes too—with a meal to follow.
More information to follow. For now, just note that date and time.
Plus, an anniversary T-shirt will be on sale soon.
FYI for the week ahead: With the 4th on Saturday, Friday July 3’s Mass moves to 9am and there will be First Saturday Mass (on the 4th) also at 9am (in Adoration Chapel).
May God bless you and all you love (and all you should).