October 31, 2014
Dear St. Joseph Parishioners,
Greetings and peace. Fall is here and the days are so beautiful. It will be cool for the children out and about this evening—and for Fall football too.
1. “This is the will of who sent me that I should lose not anything of what he gave me.” The
twin feasts of All Saints and All Souls capture the Catholic genius for "both/and"
beautifully. That is, the Church celebrates all the friends of God, named and unnamed (the
saints) yet mercifully prays for the all those who have gone before us, the known (our
families and friends) and unknown (human beings we have never met and could not have
met until the next life). No one is outside the mercy of God which is why prayers for the
dead are a good and holy thing (as echoed in the Jewish writing the Maccabees). I have all
our Masses this weekend: Saturday at 5pm, Sunday at 9:30am (English) and 12noon
(Spanish) and 5pm (Bi-lingual).
Saturday morning First Saturday Mass moves to the Marian Chapel at 9am. Please note
that the Feast of All Saints is not a day of obligation this year.
b. Saturday evening and Sunday Masses are from the feast of All Souls. We will use the
readings from the Unidos en Cristo/United in Christ: Wisdom 3.1-9, Rom 6.3-9, John 6.37- 40.
c. Fr. Tam returns to St. Joseph Sunday morning. He is becoming a welcome and familiar
presence among us. This time he will offer Mass in Vietnamese in the Marian Chapel
Sunday at 9:30am together with Fr. Hoang.
2. Parishioner James Cullen has died. His Funeral Mass will be Tuesday at 10am here at St.
Joseph with a Rosary at Foster-Petering 7pm on Monday. May his soul and the souls of all
the faithful departed rest in peace.
3. Throughout the month of November, our parish remembers all the departed but especially
members of our family. Parishioners are invited to bring photos of their loved ones (mine
include one of my maternal grandfather Ulen and a cousin Curtis, as well as Fr. Babe
O’Brien) for the Day of the Dead Altar). Candles are arranged throughout the Church and 17
are at the foot of the altar—those of our parish who have died in this year and whose
funerals have been celebrated here at St. Joseph:
John (Chris) Madison
Carl Morgan, Sr.
Sylvester Coronado, Jr.
Also among those I will remember this year is Fr. Al Giaquinto of Theological College who was mentor/spiritual director when I was in the seminary—and the inspiration for the recent “fathead” homily. Fr. Al died in Maryland this week after an extended illness. He celebrated 65 years of priestly service not long ago. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.
4. Congratulations to Gustavo and Maria Sanchez who celebrate their marriage in the Church
5. Congratulations and birthday blessings to our own Deacon Ed whose birthday was
6. Tuesday, I join students and staff from St Joseph School for a shift at McDonald's on
Shawnee (Muskogee) where our efforts will aid the seminarians challenge grant.
7. St. Joseph School now has 111 students and would welcome more.
th Grade Volleyball Girls wrapped up a successful season with two matches in our
gym: with Cascia Hall and Marquette (Parish of Christ the King). We are very grateful
for Coach Jennifer (also our PE Teacher) a student at Bacone. The progress through
this year has been amazing.
b. Students continue learning in all classes. I was in Middle School Science and amazed
at their lessons in the elements and the periodic tables. 5
th grade science is learning
about how sound travels in waves and 4
th grade enjoyed an incredible health fruit snack creation. First grade was in drama class.
c. FYI SAVE THE DATE: This Year’s St. Joseph School Endowment Trust Gala honors
the Rooney Family and will be Tuesday, December 2.
8. Youth News:
a. 7/8 Grade Youth Group will travel by Bus (thanks Patrick for driving) to Tulsa and
enjoy Fellowship, LaserTag, and Pizza. Leave at 12:30 return by 6:00. Cost is
b. High School youth Group will have a Breads, Preserves and Sweets Sale on
November 8 & 9. Proceeds will help with Region X and March for Life.
9. Our Diocese is joining Catholic Churches across the country in supporting Christians who
live in the Middle East among grave dangers. Father Elias of St. Therese (Maronite) in
Tulsa is coordinating the national effort. There will be a second collection at all Masses.
Your generosity is much appreciated.
10. Remember to turn your clocks back 1 hour before going to bed on Saturday night.
It is great to be home. I was able to visit an orphanage in Vietnam and share a meal with the
young people--and use chopsticks at first though I was really grateful for the American style
spoon too. Fr Tam who was at St Joseph twice in October was my contact. A great moment was when the brother guiding us asked me where I learned my Vietnamese! Actually it was only a couple of basic phrases like hello and my name is and thank you but still I can credit our Vietnamese community back home.
May God bless you and all you love (and all you should).
St. Joseph Church and School