October 2, 2105
Dear St. Joseph Parishioners:
Greetings and peace.
“The two become one flesh.” Jesus’ teaching on marriage set him apart in his time and place where divorce was common—but all control was in male hands. Jewish men not only had the right to multiple wives (if they were rich enough to support several at the same time) they could terminate a bond at will by citing any legitimate cause. Jesus’ vision is seeing human encounters raised to a sign of God’s abiding covenantal love. Obviously, our times involves our own challenges—which is one reason the Holy Father summoned a Synod to discuss the family and pastoral care. He wants to listen and to teach—but also emphasize the why of God’s plan, while consciously working to bring by those on the margin—particularly the wounded and hurting. It’s why he describes the work of the Church as like a field hospital; mercied and chosen as in his motto.
- Welcome to Fr. Basil who arrived on Wednesday. I started at the Cathedral of Santiago in Fontibon, Colombia on Thursday.
- Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Tulsa supports ministries across Eastern Oklahoma, including a developing partnership here in Muskogee. By supporting Catholic Charities we put into practice the same faith and message that Pope Francis shared so brightly with the faithful in Washington, New York and Philadelphia. Remember after speaking to Congress, the Holy Father spent the lunch hour with the Archdiocese of Washington’s Catholic Charities clients and workers. It is that important to him—and us.
- We welcome Fr. Leonard Higgins and the Boy’s Choir from St. John in McAlester at 5pm Saturday Mass.
- The Youth Group is hosting a breakfast in the Parish Hall after 9:30 Mass. Donations will be accepted toward expenses to attend the Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference in Owasso later this month.
- Congratulations to the Baltazar and Jimenez families who celebrate baptisms Saturday and to the Mezas who celebrate a Third Year Presentation.
During my sabbatical, I won’t be able to send a Flash every week, but you will hear from me periodically.
May God bless you all you love (and all you should).
St. Joseph Church and School