Oct 25, 2014
Dear St. Joseph Parishioners,
Greetings and peace. As the seasons shift into later Fall--and the days become shorter and the autumn equinox approaches (which is the context of the roots of the cultural celebration of Halloween) the Church moves to reflect on those who have gone before us and how their passing leaves a hole in our lives, a mix of grief and love and loss without abandoning a sense of hope.
Our parish has a beautiful custom of remembering the departed with candles about the entire church and commons. Those parishioners who have died this year will be remembered with candles at the altar next weekend (11/1-2) and other love ones both at the Altar de Los Muertos in the commons or in white vigil candles available for purchase this weekend.
1. "Love your neighbor as yourself." Jesus as a teacher had a powerful gift to simplify and concretize the truth. Here he took the daily Jewish prayer--know o Israel your God is one ... (Which is what Islam echoes in their most basic prayer) and concentrates the entire force of the Law on it and--this is the most energetic part--and love of neighbor, and not simply countryman or better, fellow tribesman (or woman). The Middle East and elsewhere have long been dominated by an exclusivity on who and how one is human and belongs. Jesus forcefully connects our love of the one God with all heart and soul and strength with putting that love into practice with the wider human family.
Our Masses this weekend include guests from St Francis Hospital Fr. Paul for Saturday at 5pm and 9:30am and Fr. Tam for Sunday at 12noon. Fr. Rob has the 5pm Bilingual.
Deacon Ed has the homily in our English Masses.
2. Next Saturday Nov. 1 is one of those occasions where a Mass which would be a holyday of obligation falls on a Saturday. First Saturday Mass will move to the Marian Chapel. The actual day is not a day of obligation and Mass on Saturday evening will be for Sunday (as the Feast of all Souls).
3. St Joseph School continues to grow adding its 111th student this week. We offer open enrollment. Please contact Sandy for more information.
- Students are planning Trunk and Treat this Sunday from 3pm to 5pm in the School parking lot. All parishioners are invited to share in the fun.
May God bless you and all you love (and all you should).
St. Joseph Church and School