July 22, 2016
Dear St. Joseph Parishioners,
Greetings. It figures that our welcome for Bishop David is a time when I see all sorts of “vacation post photos” on Facebook. At least, it isn’t during Marian days at Carthage, Missouri.
- “When you pray say …” The big news for us is Bishop David’s visit on Sunday—did I mention he’ll be here for both our Masses, 9:30am and 12noon? And, meals following both Masses: breakfast after 9:30am (thank you Knights of Columbus and Altar Society) and lunch (thank you Hispanic Ministry) and our Youth Groups, Anglo and Hispanic.
- The 9:30am Mass includes our Vietnamese Community—the second reading will be in Vietnamese and the choir will include English and Vietnamese songs.
- I have our Saturday Mass at 5pm and will concelebrate our Sunday Masses. It fascinates me how Jesus’ words and actions were remembered and carried forward to the present. Unlike our era of instant research and immediate answers via Google, there were these traditions, coalescing in Mark (probably first) then Matthew and Luke (separately but at more or less time). Mark has no single summary of how to pray—though elements of Our Father are scattered through the text. Matthew presents a structure, rhythmic form that wins out over time (think Betamax-VHS). Luke is briefer and though in better Greek probably clearer to the Aramaic original. Why the liturgy—Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant)—prefers Matthew is amazing. Who knows, maybe it's aligned with how Matthew moved to first position among the four Gospels?
- Special thanks to Iris Witherell (Carlyle’s Mom) for the very beautiful custom-designed white banners which will debut for the Bishop’s visit.
- Congratulations to Yohaly Amador and her family on the occasion of her XV Misa on Saturday at 2pm and to Hannah and Oscar on the baptism of their daughter, Alexie Milan Saturday at 3:30pm.
- Our Youth Group and Youth Minister Patty are really enjoying Catholic Heart Camp assisting the poor and those in need in Wichita, Kansas. They have partnered with the Youth Groups from St. Benedict (BA) and St. Pius X (Tulsa). They return late Friday night.
- St. Joseph Catholic School welcomes students of all faiths. Please contact Sandy for a tour, email@example.com, 918-683-1291.
- We received some really good news in Financial Stewardship this week. As I have been sharing in the last emails, we saw a large deficit in last year’s collection contributions (about $60,000). As we prepare the 2017 Fiscal Budget, a parish family has made an extraordinary contribution that closes that gap substantially. We are very grateful and will make every effort to employ these funds wisely and prudently.
We trust everyone’s power is back on. The gift of reliable electricity and safe water are two modern blessings indeed.
May God bless all you love and all you should.
St. Joseph Church and School