January 20, 2017
Dear St Joseph Parishioners,
Greetings. So, a new era begins. Transitions and beginnings offer us a fresh start, even if they are accompanied by uncertainty. This is not our first change nor will it be our last.
- “I [Paul] urge you, brothers and sisters, … That all of you agree in what you say and that there be no divisions among you but that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose.” Paul’s plea to the Christian community of Corinth (maybe 50?) in the first days of the Church (50-51 CE) resonate with us today, even though our nation is more than 300,000,000. Divisions are a human reality but they do not have to be the end of the world if we focus on the values which are more than temporary political agenda or advantage. The Church has tried to be that voice, both on behalf of the voiceless and the lasting values essential to the human person created in the image and likeness of God.
- I have our Sunday Masses 9:30 English and 12 Spanish. Fr Rob has our Saturday at 5 (and confessions).
- This is a deacon weekend for the homily.
- Bishop David and the Tulsa Catholic community will join many others Sunday afternoon to show our commitment to life as a gift from God, from conception to natural death. The Church has been a consistent voice for the poor, the vulnerable and the right to life. Our Youth Ministers Patty and Alfredo and several of our youth are off on Wednesday by bus to Washington DC and the annual March for Life in the Capital. We are very grateful for our parish’s generous response to their fundraising efforts.
- Muskogee Catholic Charities/Infant Supply is having a Silent Auction of several large children’s toys. Bidding begins this weekend in the Commons.
- Two of our parishioners have died in these last days. Both funerals are set for 28 January (a week from tomorrow).
- George Willis’ Funeral Mass will be at 10am.
- Mary Jane Doerner’s Memorial Mass will be at 2pm. Her interment will be on Friday, 27 January at Ft Gibson National Cemetery.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.
May God bless you and all you love (and all you should).
St Joseph Church and School