March 27, 2015
Dear St. Joseph Parishioners,
Greetings. Wow. Spring is here and there is beauty everywhere. Our flash is late again as I was at a Funeral Mass in Tulsa for Betty Amman, an Okmulgee Catholic Schools grad who dedicated 20+ years as an insurance resource for the Diocese and singlehandedly helped many, many priests sort through all the hoops and forms that is modern medicine and insurance.
- “Jesus sat on a donkey.” As everything in the gospel of John there are multiple levels in the opening of Palm Sunday. Yes, Jesus is acclaimed but his arrival on an ass is a powerful proclamation of how he sees power: not as human beings do, neither the Romans nor the Temple authorities who would enter in grand processions and dignitaries and war horses and stallions but as a humble farmer with a mule. I have all our weekend Masses: Saturday at 5pm, Sunday at 9:30am (English), 12noon (Spanish) 5pm Bi-lingual.
- The color of the weekend is Red.
- FYI We will have a first on Sunday at 9:30am and 12noon. That is, we are asking parishioners to gather in the parking lot where we hope to have a real donkey and Jesus (ok—Jesus is a stand-in and his name is not really Jesus). Who knows? Next year the Jesus re-enactor may really be named Jesus.
- Holy Week is here. We will follow our standard Holy Week schedule:
- Holy Thursday at 7pm, followed by adoration (white)
- Good Friday (all red)
i.Stations at 3pm
ii.Via Crucis en Vivo at 5pm (in parish hall this year)
iii.Passion of Our Lord at 7pm, concluded by a silent procession;
Why so much effort for tri-lingual (or 4 including the Latin responses)? “Catholic” means
- Easter Vigil Saturday at 8pm with Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist (white/gold)
- Easter Sunday Masses at 9:30am and noon only (no 5pm Bi-lingual that day, white/gold)
universal or in the immortal words of Chesterton: here comes everybody. The Church is very specific that on Holy Thursday and Good Friday there should be only one service in a parish. We are to be brought together in faith. It helps us all appreciate how diverse and rich God is in creating and sustaining his people and his work. Flowers after all come in many colors— not just one. Our roots are multi-lingual: Jesus spoke Aramaic, prayed in Hebrew and the
New Testament was composed in Greek—and the government used Latin.
f. Please note that there will not be a 9am Mass on first Saturday as it is Holy Saturday and
only one Mass is permitted: the Easter Vigil.
- This year we offer a new conclusion to Good Friday: Santo Entierro, Silent Procession and/or the Holy Burial. Many of our families know the sorrow and silence of a funeral procession. We will carry an image of the Lord from the Church to a garden (the school) with candles and flowers. All are welcome as this concludes the Proclamation of the Lord’s Passion at 7pm.
- Second collection at all Masses for Easter decorations.
3.Tuesday of Holy Week at 5:30pm the priest and deacons of the Diocese gather with lay faithful and our Bishop for the Mass of the Oils, when the Bishop consecrates the holy oil all parishes use throughout the year and priests and deacons renew our promises. The Mass is at the Cathedral (820 S Boulder Downtown Tulsa).
a.Please note: no 8:15am Mass on Tuesday (Chrism Mass) nor on Thursday (Holy
Thursday) nor Friday (no Mass permitted anywhere in the world).
4.St. Joseph School:
a. Peter Ha and Jack Richardson are our representatives in the Regional Spelling
b 8th Graders are hosting a garage sale in the Parish Hall. It’s open until 5pm today
(Friday) and 8am-4pm Saturday.
c. St. Joseph Students shared in the Mayor’s Muskogee 500 Clean-Up Challenge
d.Financial Aid is available in our school (and for BKHS). All applications are
processed through an on-line service sponsored by the Diocese. Please contact
Sandy for more information.
e.Monday, March 30, an introductory meeting will be in the cafeteria for a St. Joseph
4H Club. Parents and students meet in the school cafeteria at 6pm.
f.The School has received a $7500 Challenge Grant for Technology. This would be for additional portable devices compatible with our to-be-expanded campus wide wifi
(thanks to another grant). A donor will match every contribution up to a total of $7500.
Earmarked contributions are incredibly vital to the health of our school and are
already more than $100,000 in this fiscal year.
5.Congratulations to parishioner Helen Coppick who was honored as a Woman of Achievement for 2015 at the annual Mass in Broken Arrow last week.
6.Our Knights of Columbus Council are not only cooking fish for the Fish Fry tonight, tomorrow they will be back for a free community breakfast (offered monthly) in the parish hall.
May God bless you and all you love (and all you should).
St. Joseph Church and School